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What if the last hope to save your family is the person who broke it up to begin with?

Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first–herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before.

Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privilege affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Una LaMarche gave us the swoons last year with Like No Other, and this time around she turns her attention from forbidden first love to a complicated family. But, don’t worry, Don’t Fail Me Now has the same poignant observations of racial and societal privilege weaved into a memorable story that you love her for.”


  • “Narrator Adenrele Ojo eloquently expresses Michelle’s emotional reactions and reflections…Ojo skillfully negotiates Michelle’s shifting moods, the personalities and dynamics of all travelers, the trip’s turmoil, themes of racial and economic divisions, and Michelle’s resilience in the face of past and present pain. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An excellent look at how race and socioeconomic status can impact children’s lives… Serious issues are tempered with humor for a very readable novel. Fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Sharon Flake will find much to love in [Don’t Fail Me Now]."

    School Library Journal

  • "[Michelle’s] determination to survive in spite of everything is convincing, and her voice rings true. This story of teen resilience will resonate with readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, and always honest, Don’t Fail Me Now is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.”

    Cristina Moracho, author of Althea and Oliver

  • A 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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