Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It's 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she's about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus--the actor who plays him in "Jesus Christ, Superstar". Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he's everywhere. Until one day, she's stuck in church with him--of all places. And then something happens; Apron's broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she's been adrift.
Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store. With the sweet smells and creative arranging of bouquets, Apron's world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad's secret, coming of age becomes almost too much to bear. She's forced to see things the adults around her fail to--like what love really means and who is paying too much for it.
ForeWord Reviews - Finalist, Book of the Year Award
Moonbeam Awards 2012 - Young Adult Fiction, Mature Issues
Indie Excellence Awards 2012 - Cross Genre
Finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards - Cross Genre and Best New Fiction
Paris Book Festival - Winner, YA
San Francisco Book Festival - Winner, Teenage
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner, YA
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist, Chick Lit category
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist, Best Cover Design, Fiction
About the Author:
Jennifer Gooch Hummer is an award-winning, young-adult author of Girl Unmoored (Fiction Studio Books). Jennifer worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories and Glimmertrain. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Currently, Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband, Craig Hummer, and their three daughters. For more information, visit www.jennifergoochhummer.com
“Fans of Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Girl Unmoored is for you. An unforgettable coming-of-age in the ’80s, a tale of an unlikely friendship that transcends the grief of loss and the intolerance of those you thought you knew.”
-- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
Entertainment Weekly called the book “the undiscovered young-adult novel of the summer” and SHAPE magazine heralded it as a “great summer beach read.”
"…infused with love and punctuated with wry good humor… Apron may be adrift, but Hummer's debut is on track."
-- Publishers Weekly
simply cannot recommend this book highly enough for the story, for the incredibly
good writing, for the adorable heroine and the cast of supporting characters."
-- Seattle Post
"Girl Unmoored helps moor us all."
-- Portland Press Herald
"With stunning emotional honesty, Girl Unmoored shaves away layers of innocence to reveal the true meaning of love, and the power we have to save one another. Effortlessly funny and poignant, Jennifer Gooch Hummer's masterful debut offers surprises until the very end. I am head over heels for this book, and will gladly scream its praises from the rafters -- for sure a must-read!"
-- Elise Allen, New York Times bestselling co-author of Elixir and author of Populazzi
"This book sneaks up on you. One moment you're laughing at the quick wit and the next you can't swallow down the lump in your throat. An intimate story of the entanglement of love and loss, Girl Unmoored breaks through the wall around your heart, giving it room to expand."
-- Susan Henderson, bestselling author of Up from the Blue
"From the shadows of loss and uncertainty to the ultimate act of forgiveness, Girl Unmoored is a uniquely rendered and quirky coming-of-age tale that will break your heart one minute and have you laughing out loud the next."
-- Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
"Fierce, funny, deeply eloquent, and unerringly honest, Girl Unmoored is all four courses and dessert. What a dazzling, satisfying novel!"
-- Gwendolen Gross, bestselling author of The Orphan Sister
"With Girl Unmoored, Jennifer Gooch Hummer proves that Love is ultimately about the F-word: family, friendship, and faith in the human heart. This novel is worth a price above rubies. "
-- Adam Novak, Head, WME Story Department and author of The Non-Pro
"To borrow one of Apron's phrases, this book rings the doorbell of my heart."
-- Gayle Brandeis, author of My Life with the Lincolns and Delta Girls
"Jennifer Gooch Hummer's debut novel, Girl Unmoored, introduces readers to a character not easily forgotten. Apron is one of a kind. Think Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird plunked down into the year 1985, trying to deal with Cinderella's wicked stepmother. This book is filled with hilarious misunderstandings, the poignancy of losing a parent too young, and a fresh new style."
-- Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon's Oak and Finding Casey