“I was six days old when Travis Bingham murdered my father” is a great opening to this YA novel. Now that Travis is out of jail, Jenna at 15 wants to confront the killer. Although unsure what to say, she knows is that her life would have been much better if her dad had lived.


“But every story’s got a flip side – Underneath the surface there’s a rip tide Powerful and yet denied. To know the story of a stranger: That can be a might re-arranger–Let it be a downright game changer. Let that story in.” (from Let it Matter, a song with music and lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander)

Jenna does “let that story in”. And it is a “downright game changer.”

Read Whatever Doesn’t Kill You by Elizabeth Wennick and find out how.