Only the Good Die Young by Douglas Trueman
**Only the Good Die Young was a finalist in New York's 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards** A black comedy with a pure heart, Only the Good Die Young is the story of a teenage dating disaster. Raised with Victorian values and classically trained as a pianist, seventeen-year-old Rebecca Lockhart takes solace in the prose of Jane Austen and the music of Debussy. But when a virtuoso guitar player exposes her to the free spirit of rock and roll, Rebecca's outlook on the world begins to change. She dares to take risks her old self couldn't imagine. Hallway rumors of her new behavior reach the high school office, and Rebecca comes face-to-face with the vice-principal - Catherine Lockhart, her mother. Desperate to remain in Mom's good graces, Rebecca spins a web of deceit that envelopes her entire life and lands her in criminal court. If she reveals the truth, she and her mother will have to face an unspeakable secret from their past. If she doesn't, a fellow student could be sentenced to prison. Only the Good Die Young is a coming-of-age story for the teenager in all of us, laced with the dry, deadpan humor of a shy girl struggling to find her way.