Sadie Carter’s life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly
hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the chaos of her large Catholic family.
When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad
hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and
rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs,
and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her
However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan.
With the help of three mysterious strangers—a cop, a teacher, and a cute
boy—maybe Sadie will find the strength to defy the rules and do the unexpected.
Told in verse, Sarah J. Donovan’s debut Alone Together has secrets, romance,
struggle, sin, and redemption, all before Sadie blows out her 16 candles. It’s
a courageously honest look at growing up in a big family.
Sarah J. Donovan is the author of Alone Together and Genocide
Literature in Middle and Secondary Classrooms. A junior high English teacher by
day and college education professor by night, she spends every other moment
reading young adult novels and writing. She lives with her husband in Downers
Grove, Illinois in a condo so she can write instead of mowing the lawn or
shoveling snow. When she is not teaching, reading, or writing, she can be found
playing sand volleyball with amazing Chicagoland women. (Yes, even in the
winters.)You can see all her “shelfies”on Instagram @donovan_sd or tweet