Famous Last Words
By Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805093674, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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In Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, sixteen-year-old Samantha D’Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam’s boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow “intern scum” (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up?
As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of the young adult novel How My Summer Went Up in Flames. She is also a freelance nonfiction writer and has published articles and essays in national magazines, such as Cosmopolitan. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
"Cleverly titled, realistically written, and on the whole engaging and sympathetic, this story rings true." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A satisfying office romance set against the backdrop of tight deadlines and a changing media landscape."-- Publishers Weekly
"A smart, compact, and pleasurable read." -- Booklist
"Fast-paced, light entertainment." -- School Library Journal
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