While on tour for her latest novel, Windfall, popular young adult author and LFHS alumna Jennifer E. Smith visited some English classes Wednesday afternoon and was kind enough to stop by the Library as well.
Often inspired by her high school memories and continues to draw on them for her stories, this was Jennifer’s first visit back to Lake Forest High School since she was a student here from 1995-1999. If you pay attention, she says those familiar with Lake Bluff and Lake Forest will recognize different settings in some of her novels, though she never identifies the towns outright. She recalled one of her former English teachers who encouraged her to write, even keeping a binder full of the extra stories she was writing and was a huge supporter of Jennifer submitting her pieces for contests. She also had fond memories of spending time in the library (though it used to be elsewhere in the building – our current library was the cafeteria when she went here!).
You can find her signature in the Silent Study Room’s Wall of Fame, and because we couldn’t resist, check out Jennifer’s freshman and senior yearbook pics – she looks exactly the same!
Want to get your hands on some of Jennifer’s writings? Look no further than the fiction section.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll…”
The Comeback Season
Ryan should be in class, enduring another miserable day of her first year of high school, but instead she’s on the train heading to opening day. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it’s on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: “Wait till next year.”
The Geography of You and Me
“Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.”