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Better Than Running at Night

A young adult novel by Hillary Frank, told mostly through drawings and passed notes, about a teenager who stops talking.

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Better Than Running at Night

Having removed the overly dramatic makeup of her solitary high school days, Ellie looks forward to recreating herself and her art. Arriving alone for winter session at the New England College of Art and Design, Ellie finds the ideal opportunity to do so. In her first days she begins dirty dancing with the devil. Then she makes out with him. A story about independence, trust, and boys.


Praise for Better Than Running at Night

"With honesty, wit, and a wild first-person narrative, this first novel breaks boundaries in YA fiction with a story about college freshman Ellie Yelinsky and her search for art, love, sex, and meaning."
—Hazel Rochman, Booklist, starred review

“The thing I like most about Hilalry Frank’s novel is how adamantly it refuses to deliver easy answers to the character’s problems. It’s messy like life. It feels real. I worried for that girl.”
Ira Glass, This American Life