An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an
exciting new voice in teen fiction
Alexi Littrell hasn t told anyone what happened to her over the
summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and
compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the
outside hurt more than the inside does.
At school, nobody sees the scratches or her pain. The only
person she connects with is the mysterious Captain Lyric, who
writes song lyrics on her fourth-period desk for her to complete.
With pencil marks and music, Alexi carves out a comfortable space
for herself as she and the Captain finish each other s songs words
on a desk feel safer than words spoken aloud.
But when Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door,
comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely
friend who understands her better than anyone. He has secrets of
his own and knows all about suffering in silence. As they lean on
each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with
his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally speak
With her powerful, moving debut novel, author Courtney C.
Stevens emerges as an extraordinary new talent to watch.