Pasadena (Paperback)

By Sherri L. Smith

Speak, 9781101996263, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017



"Beautiful clothes, bad habits, ugly secrets: Sherri L. Smith probes the vulnerable underbellies of a lot of toothy sharks in this page-turning California noir."--E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars

Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.

When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay. Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.

In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses.

"Enthralling . . . Smith has created a world that is at once startlingly real and heartbreakingly unreal. Smith's novel had me leaning forward in my seat trying to remember to breathe." --Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

About the Author

Sherri L. Smith ( is the author of several novels for young adults, including the critically acclaimed Flygirl, Orleans, and The Toymaker's Apprentice. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter: @Sherri_L_Smith