My So-Called Ruined Life
by Melanie Bishop
Paperback, ISBN 9781937226213, 210 pp.
After losing the previous summer to the shock and grief of her mother’s murder, Tate McCoy is putting her life back together, aiming to make the most of her seventeenth summer. Her self-rescue draws on several resources—an aunt who makes the best camping buddy, a vegan best friend named Kale, a crush on her swimming instructor, volunteer work, an encouraging English teacher, and an irreverent sense of humor. But a horrifying discovery about her mother’s death puts Tate’s resilience to the test yet again.