Individual Author Record
Name: Michelle FalkoffPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Audience: Young Adult; Born:
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Illinois ConnectionFalkoff lives in Chicago and serves as the Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationMichelle Falkoff is a law professor and young adult author. She joined Northwestern’s Communication and Legal Reasoning Faculty as Director and Associate Professor of Law in 2013. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School and practiced intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley for several years before going back to school to receive her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake, and the Harvard Review, among other places.
- Playlist for the Dead, HarperTeen, 2015
- Pushing Perfect, HarperTeen, 2016
- Questions I Want to Ask You, HarperTeen, 2018
Titles At Your Library
Playlist for the Dead
ISBN: 006231050X HarperTeen. 2015
“A page-turner that combines genuine intrigue with heartbreak and desire.” —Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Thirteen Reasons Why, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Spectacular Now, Michelle Falkoff’s debut is an honest and gut-wrenching novel about loss, rage, what if feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself.
There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam’s best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.
To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. But the more he listens, the more he realizes that his memory isn’t as reliable as he thought. And it might only be by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he’ll finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.
“An absorbing and sensitive read.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Falkoff treats a difficult topic with delicacy and care.” —Publishers Weekly
ISBN: 0062310534 HarperTeen. 2016
A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this smart, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead. Fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History will devour this layered, ensemble-cast novel in which “twists and turns abound” (SLJ).
How far would you go to be perfect?
Kara has the perfect life. At least, that’s what she wants everyone to believe. The truth is, she works hard to maintain that illusion.
But when a moment of doubt leads Kara to do something risky—and illegal—someone sees. Before she knows it, she’s drawn into an unlikely group of classmates, all bound together by secrets of their own. Secrets that are being used against them.
Soon Kara is forced to confront how far she’s willing to go to be perfect—and if that’s something she really wants to be.
“Reminiscent of the novels of Joan Lowery Nixon and Lois Duncan, this mystery set in a modern-day well-to-do suburb in California will keep readers turning the pages.” —School Library Journal
Questions I Want to Ask You
ISBN: 0062680234 HarperTeen. 2018
Perfect for fans of David Arnold and Jeff Zentner, this young adult novel from the author of Playlist for the Dead is an intriguing mystery about family, secrets, and how to move forward when the past keeps pulling you back.
Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. He’s got a job lined up for himself after graduation. A great girlfriend. And can’t really see himself ever leaving his small town. Then, on his eighteenth birthday, a letter from his mother changes everything. Because she’s dead. At least, that’s what he always believed.
As Pack begins a journey to uncover the truth about the parents he thought he knew, the family he didn’t know he had, and the future he never realized he wanted, he starts to have a whole different understanding of his life—and where he wants to go from here.
Questions I Want to Ask You is a contemporary realistic coming-of-age story with an emotionally-driven mystery at its core. Kirkus praised it as "a well-rounded, much-needed portrait."
AwardsPlaylist for the Dead
- Great Read List, NPR, 2015
- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017