Author(s): Liz Suburbia
In a town where all the parents have disappeared on a mysterious pilgrimage, can anyone grow up normally? Ben Schiller is just trying to get by, but the world is changing and so is she. She's just trying to take care of her sister, maintain some kind of faith in her parents' word that they'd return and get through her teen years as painlessly as possible. But her relationship with her best friend is changing, her younger sister is hiding a dark secret - and a terrible tragedy is coming for them all.
Liz Suburbia's exploration of high school is far more grounded than it sounds. Weird things happen in the background, but the forefront is dominated by honest, recognizable depictions of experiences shared by teenagers across the world. Suburbia's attention to detail... creates an impressively fully realized world that catapults an adult reader back to those four years in whicheverything changes.--Zach Hollwedel"