Red, White and Black by Emma Ferraro is a wonderful novella about how grief affects us all. Raquel “Red” Reeves is just trying to fit in and slide by under the radar as she begins her sophomore year. She doesn’t want to be special in anyone’s eyes-particularly not in the eyes of a guy her mother set her up with-but her heart has other ideas. Soon Red finds herself dreaming of new possibilities with fresh confidence. However when tragedy strikes, Red is left to discover how far she is willing to go to bring herself closure, peace, and, finally, confidence. Emma wrote Red, White and Black while she was 16 years old and published it a year later.