Freaks Like Us
By Susan Vaught
(Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Hardcover, 9781599908724, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
When Jason Milwaukee's best friend Sunshine vanishes, Jason knows that something is terribly wrong, but solving her disappearance will require pushing through all the voices in his head and then getting the world to listen to him. His schizophrenia is stopping him from remembering the events leading up to her disappearance, and often he discounts his own memories, and his own impressions. But his deep knowledge that he would never hurt his friend, plus the faith of his parents and a few others in the town bring him to the point of solving the mystery. In the end, it's Sunshine's own love for Jason (Freak) that persuades him of his own strength and goodness.
By turns brilliantly witty and searingly honest, Susan Vaught's newest novel is a laugh-out-loud, tear-jerking, coming-of-age story.
Susan Vaught is the author of the highly acclaimed novels Trigger, My Big Fat Manifesto, Going Underground, as well as Oathbreaker, which she coauthored with her son, JB Redmond. She is also a practicing psychologist and lives with her family and many rescued animals in Kentucky.