Nikki Barthelmess

Nikki Barthelmess is an author of the young adult novels The Quiet You Carry, Quiet No More, and the upcoming Everything Within and in Between. Nikki entered foster care in Nevada at twelve and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and the teachers who encouraged her as a writer. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Nikki lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, daughter, and pride-and-joy Corgi pup.

The Quiet You Carry  
When seventeen-year-old Victoria Parker is suddenly placed into foster care, she struggles to find words for the abuse that upended her life. Determined to keep her head down, stay out of trouble, and graduate on time, Victoria soon realizes that no matter how hard she tries to move forward, the trauma in her past won’t leave her alone.

Quiet No More 
College freshman Victoria Parker is moving on with her life after surviving her father’s sexual abuse and six months of foster care. She’s navigating the adult sphere for the first time and balancing old friendships with new adventures. But when Victoria’s long-lost aunt shows up, asking Victoria to lie about her father’s assault so he’ll get a lighter sentence, Victoria’s fractured past collides with campus politics as she figures out whether and how to share her truth as a survivor.

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