I'm Good and Other Lies
by Bev Katz Rosenbaum

Price: $15.95

Ages: 13+

Publication Date: September 25, 2021


Is it asking too much to live a typical twelfth grade existence? Kelsey Kendler just wants to earn some money for university, hang out with friends, maybe even snag a boyfriend. But her pill-popping mom and distant dad scare off anybody she tries to bring home, making those last two things feel impossible.

Her part-time ice cream shop job’s a slog, but at least there, she can escape her parents’ constant fighting … until the COVID-19 pandemic forces a lockdown and she’s stuck at home with them 24/7.

As the lockdown takes its toll on Kelsey’s mental health, she starts to see the appeal of her mom’s pills. She hates what they do to her mom, but numbing herself to the world seems like a pretty good idea right about now. Horrified to find herself following in her mom’s footsteps, she can only hope she’ll eventually figure out some other way to cope …



YAF058060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression

YAF018060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents

YAF058120 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

ISBN: 9781770866324

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8"


I’m Good and Other Lies is a sharp, funny, occasionally harrowing story of a young woman finding the resilience to fight through the impossible to get to a place of hope.”

— Danielle Younge-Ullman, award-winning author of Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined and He Must Like You

“Kelsey Kendler describes herself as a ‘judgy, hypervigilant downer.’ Kelsey is also funny and real, and she’ll absolutely steal your heart as she tries to navigate a new school in senior year, her dysfunctional parents, and lockdown. This is a book for RIGHT NOW.”

 — Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B