The Stepping Off Place

The Stepping Off Place

3.92 (283 ratings by Goodreads)

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From debut author Cameron Kelly Rosenblum comes a stunning teen novel that tackles love, grief, and mental health as one girl must process her friend's death and ultimately learn how to stand in her own light. Perfect for fans of All the Bright Places and We Were Liars.

It's the summer before senior year. Reid is in the thick of Scofield High's in-crowd thanks to her best friend, Hattie, who has been her social oxygen since middle school.

But summer is when Hattie goes to her family's Maine island home. Instead of sitting inside for eight weeks, waiting for her to return, Reid and their friend, Sam, enter into a pact--to live it up, one party at a time.

But days before Hattie is due home, Reid finds out the shocking news that Hattie has died by suicide. Driven by a desperate need to understand what went wrong, Reid searches for answers.

In doing so, she uncovers painful secrets about the person she thought she knew better than herself. And the truth will force Reid to reexamine everything.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 38mm | 544g
  • English
  • 0062932071
  • 9780062932075
  • 2,197,013

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"Mysterious, playful, tender, and deeply true to its unforgettable heroines, you will fall in love with this story of an iridescent friendship and its unfathomable loss." New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Rosenblum's debut novel is a beautifully written examination not only of the sadness of grief, but of the uncertainty it can bestow upon everything. Perfect fans of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, [this] is a novel that moves beyond a story of loss into one of self-discovery.--Booklist
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About Cameron Kelly Rosenblum

Rosenblum, Cameron Kelly

Cameron Kelly Rosenblum grew up in Connecticut. She studied English literature at Kenyon College and earned a master's in education at Lesley University. Her time as a teacher and children's librarian inspired her to write for young people. The Stepping Off Place is her debut novel. Cameron lives near Portland, Maine, with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, and a cat. Visit her online at or on Twitter @ckellyrose.
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283 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 35% (100)
4 34% (95)
3 23% (65)
2 4% (12)
1 4% (11)
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