Michelle Falkoff was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She pretty much spent her whole childhood reading and then went off to study literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After that, she attended Columbia Law School in New York and went on to be an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. (Her weirdest case involved a battle over the patent for the variant of blue-green algae that makes farm-raised salmon turn pink when they eat it.) She quit practicing law to study fiction at writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and ever since then she's been teaching legal writing and fiction writing and writing novels. Right now, she serves as the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teaches fiction on the side at the University of Chicago. Her first two books are the young adult novels PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD (an NPR Great Read of 2015) and PUSHING PERFECT (2016), with more to come in 2018 and beyond.
"[D]ebut author Falkoff gives Sam a strong voice to narrate his grief over the loss of his best friend and his confusion... distinctive and gripping narrative about a shared human challenge: how to deal with the passing of a loved one."
"The strong characters, dialogue and the use of the playlist to structure the book make this a good pick for struggling readers."
School Library Journal
"Centering each chapter on one of the playlist’s songs, debut author Falkoff lightens the substantial topics of grief, bullying, and suicide with Sam’s engaging investigation into the culprit behind the assaults."