Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.
“… a gift for both reluctant and regular readers.”
- Booklist, 2011
School Library Journal wrote:
“…the themes of inquiry and fighting back will resonate with young and old.”
-School Library Journal, April, 2011
Horn Book Magazine wrote:
“The novel is taut and lean; Smibert’s prose is quick and fluid; and her three artist teens—Nora the writer, Micah the graphic artist, and Winter the creator of kinetic sculpture—have appeal.”