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No Going Back with Patrick Flores-Scott in conversation with Dr. Rita Shah

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We’re thrilled to welcome Patrick Flores-Scott back to Ann Arbor to celebrate the release of his new book, a Young Adult coming-of-age novel that explores what it means to right past wrongs in the face of adversity

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About the Book

In this tour de force about one teen’s quest for redemption from the award-winning author of American Road Trip, Antonio is determined to make amends to the people he hurt most—even if it means breaking the terms of his early release from juvenile detention.

It’s Friday morning, and seventeen-year-old Antonio Sullivan is on the verge of earning his early release from Zephyr Woods Youth Detention Center. Having been incarcerated for the last year and a half for a crime he didn’t directly commit, he’s now dedicating himself to his education and his sobriety program. What’s more, Antonio is driven by a deep need to make amends to the two people he hurt the most: his mom and his lifelong best friend, Maya. The conditions of his early release are clear—Antonio can’t have any contact with his father or miss his first meeting with his parole officer Monday morning. But a lot can happen between Friday and Monday, especially when the odds are against you.

Told through time-stamped chapters that race at a fever pitch over the course of a weekend, this absorbing coming-of-age novel explores what it means to right past wrongs in the face of adversity.

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About the Author:

Patrick Flores-Scott is the acclaimed author of the award-winning novels Jumped In and American Road Trip, which was named a YALSA Best Fiction Book, a TAYSHAS Reading List Selection, an SLJ National Hispanic Heritage Month pick, and a Teen Vogue Best Gift Book, and was licensed to WEBTOON for graphic digital serialization. Patrick taught public school in Seattle, Washington, for many years and has written for theater and the slam poetry stage. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his family and invites you to visit him online at

About the Conversationalist:

Dr. Rita Shah (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University and a Fulbright Scholar. She is a cultural criminologist who who studies ways in which correctional systems are socially and legally constructed. She is the author of The Meaning of Rehabilitation and its Impact on Parole: There and Back Again in California (2017) and numerous articles on probation and parole. She is also an avid reader and particularly loves young adult fiction.

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