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When you’re caught in a traffic jam, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?


Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling is a smart, sassy, and contemporary YA novel. Our heroine Val is a sophomore in high school. She is a shy, troubled girl with more than her share of problems who longs to be as popular as her older sister Samantha. With her father out of work and her mother working ungodly long hours to pay the bills, Val and her siblings are suffering from the fallout. But when Val discovers expensive items in her sister’s room that she knows Sam can’t afford to buy, Val’s problems get much, much worse...It is the kind of book you can curl up with on a rainy afternoon, with a hot cup of tea and a nice fire in the fireplace, and escape back to a time when homework and a desire for the smoking-hot boy next door seemed to be your biggest problems—until you found out what the world is really like. – Taylor, reviewer

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