Two Girls Staring At The Ceiling by Lucy FrankTwo Girls Staring At The Ceiling by Lucy Frank

Two Girls Staring At The Ceiling

byLucy Frank

Hardcover | October 22, 2015

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This novel-in-verse—at once literary and emotionally gripping—follows the unfolding friendship between two very different teenage girls who share a hospital room and an illness.

Chess, the narrator, is sick, but with what exactly, she isn’t sure. And to make matters worse, she must share a hospital room with Shannon, her polar opposite. Where Chess is polite, Shannon is rude. Where Chess tolerates pain silently, Shannon screams bloody murder. Where Chess seems to be getting slowly better, Shannon seems to be getting worse. How these teenagers become friends, helping each other come to terms with their illness, makes for a dramatic and deeply moving read.

"An emotional and innovative novel.... There is so much pathos and humor in these two hospital beds." —E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

"A story told with the utmost economy of language—intense, compelling, and satisfying." —Susan Patron, author of the Newbery Medal winner The Higher Power of Lucky

"Riveting, humanizing and real." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"A raw, unsentimental perspective on the fight to keep an illness from overpowering one's identity." —Publishers Weekly
Lucy Frank won a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for her work on Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling. The author of eight novels for young adults and middle graders, she divides her time between New York City and upstate New York. Learn more at
Title:Two Girls Staring At The CeilingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.3 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 22, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307979741

ISBN - 13:9780307979742


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun to read and fast paced I found the writing style a little hard to follow at times, and i had to reread pages. I also didn't like one of the main characters, Shannon. But other than this I found it fun to read!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! I got this because of the sale not too long ago and I love how its formatted (sort of like a play but mostly in verses). Good dialogue and not much details. I appreciated the characters but it's not particularly distressing or uplifting, but it puts things in perspective.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay! So, I bought this book because it was on sale, and because it was written in-verse which I love. The book was good, but not great! The story falls a little flat, and just happens too quickly. I was expecting a little more from it. It was an okay read. I don't think I wasted my time reading it, but I was a little let down.
Date published: 2016-11-20

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus starred review, June, 15 2014
 “Riveting, humanizing and real.”