Glenda Leznoff launched her career as a playwright, segued into writing for film, television and animation, dabbled in magazine features and non-fiction projects, and continues to write fiction and children’s literature. She is an instructor in the Creative Writing department at Douglas College. Glenda’s YA novel Heartache and Other Natural Shocks (Tundra, 2015) won the Jonathan and Heather Berkowitz Prize in the category of Children and Youth at the 2016 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards.
Steeped in the history of the Quebecois separatist movement and 1970s fashion and pop culture… a refreshing break from contemporary teen fiction.
Globe and Mail (Nov. 27, 2015)
Wishing Judy Blume had written a novel set in 1970 during the peak of the FLQ crisis? This is it. In her first teen book, Glenda Leznoff tells the stories of two teen girls leading very different lives, but linked by their neighbourhood geography and insatiable attraction to a bad-boy classmate named Ian (yes, he drives a motorcycle). Julia is quiet, artsy, contemplative and homesick as her family has just moved from Montreal to escape the political unrest. Carla is bold, sexually open, dramatic and wildly jealous of the attention Ian pays to Julia. The Blume comparison is apt because of the deliciously juicy realism; the simultaneous upheaval of both the country and two teen girls’ hormones is addictive and surprising. Leznoff gets teen girls – their conversations, their insecurities and their deep yearning for self-worth.