What lines would you cross to save someone you love? Filled with the kinds of impossible choices that made the TV show Weeds such a hit, this compelling drama asks to what lengths an avid rule-follower will go in order to save her family--and the answer involves "growing" in surprising directions.

Sixteen-year-old Honor Augustine never set out to become a felon. As an academic all-star, avid recycler, and dedicated daughter to her PTSD-afflicted father, she's always been the literal embodiment of her name. Coloring inside the lines is what keeps Honor's chaotic existence orderly.

But when she discovers her father's VA benefits drying up, coupled with a terrifying bank letter threatening the family's greenhouse business--Honor vows to find a solution. She just doesn't expect to spot it on the dry erase board of English lit--"Nature's first green is gold."

The quote by Frost becomes the seed of an idea. An idea that--with patience and care--could germinate into a means of survival. Maybe marijuana could be more than the medicinal plant that helps quiet her father's demons. Maybe, it could save them all.

  • Praise for Smoke:

    “A complicated and artfully nuanced look at the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love, Smoke is a page-turner full of heart and hope, not to be missed."—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

  • “A poignant story that explores the dilemma of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. . . . Will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be

  • “A compelling chronicle of a small-town American family navigating an economic hurricane in a rowboat filled with holes. You’ll cheer for them.” —Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King

My Review:

3 Stars: I was a little turned off by the teen wanting to grow cannabis to help this family out of financial problems. I felt like this idea might have come from watching either weed or break bad because it seems to have the same premise but for a younger crowd. Overall the book is decent and a quick and easy read—one of the first endings that I did not imminently know. Trigger warning of committing a crime & PTSD


Thank you to NetGalley & the publishers for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Author of double RITA® finalist SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS💫 & SMOKE (Crown/Random House). Veteran. I prefer my puns intended.

Darcy Woods
Penguin Random House


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