When We Were Good
by Suzanne Sutherland
Katherine is facing her final year of school without her best friend: her grandmother. Her grandmother had always been there even when her overly busy parents weren't, so when she passes away from a heart attack on New Year's Eve, it means that Kathy doesn't have her most important person anymore.
And that's when Marie walks into her life. Marie's a straight-edge, no booze, no drugs, no filter-on-her-mouth, kind of girl. She talks and talks, filling in the silence in Kathy's life with words and with amazing music.
Together, they face their final days in school, as well as the anger of former friends. Kathy learns more about herself in these months than she ever knew before.
Final thoughts: Decent read about self-discovery and personal relationships. It's LGBTQ only in the vaguest sense, since it's not the real focus of the story, but it does impact it. Nothing really stands out as either good or bad. It's OK.