The Memory Jar

by Elissa Janine Hoole

Released April 2016

9780738747316 trade paperback
CAD 13.95|USD 11.99

9780738748870 eBook
EUR 7.99|GBP 6.49|USD 9.99

5.25 in x 8 in
336 pages

A Story of Guilt, Grief, and Angst in the Face of Tragedy

Since the accident, Taylor’s memory has been fuzzy. But at least she’s awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of his coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy?

Will he remember that she tried to break up with him?

Taylor doesn’t know. And she doesn’t know if she wants him to remember. Plenty of things happened that night and in the days before—secrets wrapped in secrets—that she’d prefer be forgotten.

Dealing with choices she’d rather ignore, Taylor searches for something more solid than whispers and bigger than blame, so that she can face the future and forgive herself.


Starred Review“An intricately crafted story of teen pregnancy helmed by a bold, achingly real protagonist determined to decide her own fate.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Starred Review“The story and its resolution are both heartbreaking and hopeful.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Well-crafted and compelling . . . This thoughtful psychological tale will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the last page.”—School Library Journal

“Honest and sometimes heartbreaking, The Memory Jar is about first love, first loss, and how one moment can change the course of a lifetime.”—Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series

Elissa Janine Hoole bought her first deck of Tarot cards as a birthday gift to herself when she turned twenty, and even in the privacy of her own apartment, she felt like she should hide them. The three words she uses to describe herself are curious, caring, and contemplative. Suggestions from her husband and two sons include crazy and cantankerous. Elissa teaches middle school English and sometimes makes her students write poetry that celebrates and sings themselves. She also wrote the YA road trip novel, Kiss the Morning Star.

The Memory Jar