Past Tense: A Novel by Star SpiderPast Tense: A Novel by Star Spider

Past Tense: A Novel

byStar Spider

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it—she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has died.

How is Julie supposed to navigate her first year of high school now, while she’s making midnight trips to the graveyard to cover her mother with dirt, lay flowers and make up eulogies? And why is Henry the only person Julie feels comfortable turning to? If she wants to get through this, Julie’s going to have to find the strength she never knew she had, and learn how to listen to both her mom’s heart and her own.


Title:Past Tense: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.01 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 1.01 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443452114

ISBN - 13:9781443452113


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible book I read few chapters and realized that i wasted my time and money on the book. Dont recommend it. There are many other great LGBTQ books (cant name here) at Indigo that you get to quench your thirst.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected! Going into reading this, I expected it to be predictable and immature. I was wrong. The main character grows and develops realistically throughout the book, mental illness and other serious issues are discussed and dealt with in a very healthy manner, and the ending... well, without giving anything away, it isn't what I expected from a book of this nature. I enjoyed it a lot, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in coming-of-age stories and LGBTQ literature!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Contemporary YA with an unsettling twist With an authentic teenage voice, I fell into PAST TENSE immediately. A smooth read filled with the intense crushes that consume us in our teens, I got caught up in Julie's crush on her best friend, Lorelei. But things are never easy and the complicated nature of female friendship came into play, and all the while, Julie's mother is in the midst of some sort of breakdown. I can see why Star Spider's writing has been long listed for prizes, as this was an engaging story with rising tension towards the end. I thoroughly enjoyed PAST TENSE and would highly recommend it, especially for Canadian readers familiar with Toronto, as it's always awesome to recognize locations.
Date published: 2018-04-13

Editorial Reviews

“Wise, harrowing and beautiful … Star Spider has both a curiosity and a tenderness in her writing that made me laugh and want to weep.”