I'm Good and Other Lies

  • Pages:212
  • Publisher:Cormorant Books
  • Themes:mental health, COVID-19, quarantine, isolation, high school
  • Available:02/15/2022

“This is a book for RIGHT NOW.” — Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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.

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 …

“The COVID-19 shutdowns, lockdowns and the constant media attention given to the pandemic have become reality for everyone over the past year and a half. Kudos to Bev Katz Rosenbaum for tackling the issues head on in I’m Good and Other Lies in a way which will resonate with her young adult audience”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“In I’m Good and Other Lies by Bev Katz Rosenbaum (Cormorant Books), Kelsey is a high-school senior who, when the pandemic hits, gets stuck at home with her family. I can relate, as I was stuck in lockdown with my family and my mom. (Ugh.) Just like I did with mine, Kelsey deals with her family’s eccentricities, including depression and addiction, while trying not to mirror those behaviours.”

– RE:BOOKS blog
“Kelsey’s voice is pitch-perfect, equal parts snarky and vulnerable. … Its honesty and empathy make this an important book.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Although the subject matter was heavy at times, there was humour in the darkness. Bev Katz Rosenbaum expertly navigated the difficult subject matter with well-timed humour and lightness…This was an incredibly engaging read and I had a hard time putting it down.”
– Storytime with Stephanie