Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime ReedSorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed

Sorry Not Sorry

byJaime Reed

Paperback | February 26, 2019

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With humor and heart, and a fresh, unforgettable voice, acclaimed author Jaime Reed explores the power and complexity of lifelong friendships -- and the sacrifices we make along the way.

Janelle and Alyssa used to be BFFs -- but not anymore. Alyssa became leader of the shallowest girls in school while Janelle got involved in activism with new, true friends.

But, suddenly, Alyssa's diabetes becomes the talk of the school. It's turned life-threatening; without a kidney transplant, her chances are not good. Despite reservations, Janelle gets tested and finds that she's a rare, perfect match with Alyssa for a transplant. But organ donations aren't very common in her community, and she starts to feel pushback. When feuds and accusations push the girls further apart, Janelle doesn't know what to do. Will the match bring the girls back together, or drive them apart for good?


Jaime Reed is the author of The Cambion Chronicles series and Keep Me in Mind. She studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. She now lives in Virginia, where she works part-time as a line producer for a small independent film company. But mostly she writes and watches '80s movies. Learn more about her at
Title:Sorry Not SorryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.24 × 5.46 × 0.67 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338149008

ISBN - 13:9781338149005


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"If you're going to stare then get out!" Alyssa glared grisly murder at me from the bed."I'm not here to harass you. I come in peace. Look. I even brought balloons." I showed her the bright-yellow bunch in my hands.Alyssa scoffed, unimpressed. "Yeah, because Lord knows I need more flowers, balloons, and cards."She was right. Child birthday parties weren't this lit, even with a hired clown. Foil balloons crowded the ceiling. Teddy bears and fancy bouquets hogged all the free counter space. Looking at my meager offering, I said, "But . . . but they're all pink.""You know I hate pink.""I do know that. That's why I bought these." My smile widened.Her eyes narrowed into two razor slits.Inviting myself in, I scoped out the new digs. The room looked like a hotel suite, with cream-colored walls and dark wood accents. A flat-screen television was mounted on the wall across from the bed, and a chaise longue sat under the window. Then my gaze moved to the dreaded dialysis machine next to Alyssa's bed. Its omnipotent bulk would not go ignored. The robo-kidney demanded acknowledgment and a steady diet of unfiltered blood."What did I tell you about staring?" she asked."Sorry." My eyes lifted to the ceiling. "Does it hurt?""Yep. But once the swelling goes down, it should be fine."I set the balloons on her meal tray stand and planted my butt in the chair next to her. Crossing my legs, I asked, "So, how was your week?"She fought hard not to smile but failed. "Worst week ever.""How long are you gonna be stuck here?""Until the infection clears. Then I gotta go to a center across town for treatment three times a week.""Okay." I searched the room for a new topic. "So, about what I said in class the other day --""Don't apologize. You're not sorry. Don't pretend that you are just because I'm sitting in a hospital bed. I'm still me. You're still you, and we can't stand each other. Let's not break tradition, okay?"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Keep Me in Mind:A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2016 selectionA New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2016 selection* "Reed delivers solid high school romance with a twist. It is refreshing to see two characters that are both realistic and stray from the starry-eyed, misunderstood-WASP-youth trope.... Examining the power of memory and shifting the perceptions of teenage love, this novel delivers a powerful journey of self-discovery and rebirth." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Reed develops her teen characters with style as well as substance; Ellia and Liam are given distinct, believable first-person voices in alternating chapters, and their friends vary between playfully goofy and helpfully pushy in realistic succession.... what Reed pulls off here is far more interesting than a clichéd love triangle: a scenario where a mature reflection on an immature first love makes plot sense and still leaves room for seeing a path forward." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Reed's superb dialogue highlights lost love and lost memories, and she deftly uses humor to keep the narrative well paced and refreshing. An effective open window into the lives of two teens as they struggle to discover who they are and how they love." -- Booklist"The writing style is engaging and well-done, and the characters are memorable; young adults will be rooting for the interracial couple. This tearjerker will have emotions running -- high and low." -- School Library Journal