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Last Night I Sang to the Monster

El Paso Scene

"This young adult novel comes with an impressive pedigree — written by one of El Paso’s best authors and published by the city’s award-winning small press. The story mostly takes place inside the mind of a 17-year-old who wakes up in a rehab center and doesn’t remember or even want to remember how he got there. We learn step by step about a depressed mom and an alcoholic dad. Zach’s journey to healing is guided by two caring older men — one a fellow alcoholic in rehab, the other a therapist with scars of his own.

This is the third young adult novel by Saenz, whose two earlier novels — Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood and He Forgot to Say Goodbye both received high honors and critical praise.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster will provide younger readers with reassurance that they are not alone in dealing with the demons of dysfunctional families and painful memories, and that even though adults may have let them down, others can help them up. Older readers may find this book a way both to engage the often painful memories of their own adolescence and also to listen more sensitively to those making their way through those turbulent years."
- Randy Limbird, June 28, 2011 

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