Break in Case of Emergency: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Francis, Brian
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Mental Illness
Audience: young adult
Awards: CBC Best Book of the Year
Apple's Best Books
Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
OLA Best Bets
Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People's Literature – Text
Quill & Quire Best Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.00in x 5.06in x 0.82in
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From The Publisher*

Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature–Text

Dads can be such a drag

Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents' dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but endearing Trisha, at arm's length, and recently ended her first relationship, with Trisha's burnout brother, Mike. Convinced that she is destined to follow her mother's path, Toby creates a plan to escape her pain.

But after learning the news that her father is coming home and finally wants to meet her, Toby must face the truth of her family's story. Not only is her father gay, but he's also a world-famous female impersonator-and a self-absorbed, temperamental man-child who is ill-prepared to be a real parent.

When Toby's careful plans go awry, she is forced to rebuild the life she thought she knew from the ground up. While she may not follow an expected path, through the support of a quirky but lovable circle of friends and family, Toby may finally be able to put together the many different pieces that make up her past, her present and her future.

Review Quote*"Brian Francis' first book for teen readers and fans of YA is a knockout. . . . We promise every last person in Toby's orbit will stay with you."
Review Quote*"Francis beautifully explores issues around mental health and suicide in a story that packs a powerful punch and stays with you long after you close the book."
Review Quote*"Believable characters and a lot of heart mark this book."
Review Quote*"Brian Francis' first foray into the young adult genre is just as likely to appeal to adult readers."
Review Quote*"A carefully crafted story that explores the inner lives of ordinary people facing tragic circumstances. . . . Richly layered and powerfully developed. Highly Recommended."
Review Quote*"With classic Francis wit and emotion, Break In Case of Emergency reveals the intergenerational impact of exclusion and the path to self-acceptance. A guide for any teenager bearing the burden of loss and loneliness."
Review Quote*"Populated with believable, lovable and flawed characters, this is a beautiful story about acceptance and learning to love people for who they are-foibles, false eyelashes and all."
Review Quote*"Brian Francis writes with sensitivity, empathy, and humour. The novel's optimistic heartbeat invites the reader to consider what is family, and it does so with words and passion that can change our world. It. Is. Magic!"