Jacaranda Abbott has always tried to keep her mouth shut. As a foster kid, she's learned the hard way that the less she talks about her mother and why she's in jail, the better. But when a video of Jacaranda singing goes viral, a mysterious benefactor offers her a life-changing opportunity — a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school to study musical theater. Eager to start over somewhere new, Jacaranda leaps at the chance. She pours her heart out in emails to the benefactor she's never met.
Suddenly she's swept up in a world of privilege where the competition is fierce and the talent is next level. As Jacaranda — Jackie to her new friends — tries to find her place, a charming boy from this world of wealth catches her eye. She begins to fall for him, but can he accept her for who she really is? New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn uses Jacaranda's letters to create a poignant tale of taking a chance on love and letting your inner voice soar.
"The admission essay she writes to Midwestern Arts Academy sets up the details of this story, giving way to a long series of confessional, heartfelt, and unanswered emails directed to Mr. Smith, as she dubs the mystery man responsible for the fairy-tale scenario now playing out.... Her relationships with her new peers, almost all of whom are dramatically more privileged than she is, provide fertile ground for some convincing points about class and stigma." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||14 and up|
|Publication Date||Jul 7, 2020|