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Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has acquired, at auction, Alex Richards's Accidental, about a 16-year-old girl who learns that she shot and killed her own mother with her father's gun when she was just two years old; now she must choose whether to trust her dad, who has suddenly popped back into her life, or the grandparents who raised her but lied the whole time. ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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Amy
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Actual rating rounded up to a 3.5.

OK-this had the premise to be an amazing and gut-wrenching read (most of my recent reads have fallen into the category of "I'm for sure going to be crying at the end and I don't even feel bad about it" types of stories) and this was along the same vein. Johanna is a junior at a small private school, trying to figure out getting into
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Ava
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ACCIDENTAL is both a rallying cry and a challenge; it demands to be read, and refuses to be put down. By spotlighting the violence and attitudes that surround gun control in America, ACCIDENTAL explores the everyday fear that has become part of the American high school curriculum. This book is haunting, but it is also hopeful. As Johanna explores the ramifications of gun violence on her life, she also steps into the realm of first boyfriends, first loves, forever friends, and most importantly, ...more
Michelle
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Bloomsbury YA for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Johanna is someone you can easily relate to, even in this dark revelation. She struggles to accept it and quickly blames herself. The curiosity is one that causes her to get to know her dad (and see a new side of her grandparents). She runs the gamut of feelings during these events and brings you with her.
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Carrie Esposito
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read an advanced copy of Accidental, I was thoroughly engaged in this story of a teen who discovers a horrible secret about her past. Johanna’s voice is humorous, vulnerable and keeps the reader turning pages as we see her navigate friendships and relationships in the wake of learning the truth about how her mother died. While this novel tackles difficult timely issues dealing with gun violence, it’s also a story about how we handle the flawed relationships in our lives and how we decide ...more
Betty Culley
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to get to read an advanced reader's copy of this novel! It is powerful, heartbreaking, rings so true and yet is also filled with humor. You will want to be with Jo every step of her journey to discover the truths that were hidden from her all her life. Clear your schedule before you start because you won't want to put it down!
Mike Lasagna
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Alex Richards has been writing young adult fiction since the age of ten, with stacks of spiral notebooks to prove it. Also a freelance magazine contributor, Alex enjoys making no-budget horror movies, taking photographs, and crafting. Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alex lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two very silly kids.
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