- About the Book
The heartbreaking and hopeful young adult fiction debut from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster. Anyone passing through North Shore, Illinois, would think it was the most picture-perfect place ever, with all the lakefront mansions and manicured hedges and iron gates. No one talks about the fact that the brilliant, talented kids in town have a terrible history of throwing themselves in front of commuter trains. Meet Simone, the bohemian transfer student from London, who is thrust into the strange new reality of an American high school; Mallory, the hypercompetitive queen bee; and Stephen, the first-generation genius who struggles with crippling self-doubt. Each one is shocked when a popular classmate takes his own life and his death triggers more suicides. With so many students facing their own demons, can they find a way to save each other--as well as themselves? Inspired by true events that happened in the author's hometown, The Gatekeepers is a moving story that offers an unflinching look at the pressures teens face and the hope that tragedy can be prevented.