At 16, Mattie’s best friend, Cat, dies. Car accident. Freak accident. Whatever you want to call it, her person is gone.
At 17, Mattie’s parents force her into therapy. There’s a lot of talking on one end; it’s not her’s.
When her parents refuse to believe her “Everything’s Fine” attitude, they tell her she’ll be taking Cat’s place at The Conservatory for Young Musicians in San Francisco this summer. Even though she’s highly positive they can’t just replace one girl with another, she finds herself doing what she’s always done: follow in Cat’s footsteps. Spending eight weeks with four total strangers, Mattie begins to learn that she didn’t know everything about her best friend, and that she never really knew much about herself, either.
White Houses is Rachel’s first novel. She is currently querying it to agents. Interested? Check out the first chapter and an excerpt. For more information, please contact her. Also be sure to check out Mixtapes inspired by the book.