Eric Smith’s Jagged Little Pill: The Novel is a timely and gutsy YA story based on the Tony and Grammy Award–winning musical from Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard!
“Blends the spirit of some of our most beloved musical works into a new anthem: Teens long to be seen, heard, and for their voices to matter. An honest exploration of family and love, of identity and responsibility. Powerful and relevant.” —New York Times bestselling author Laura Taylor Namey
Swallow it down—what a jagged little pill . . .
After the events at a party, five teenagers find their worlds are forever changed.
Adopted Frankie struggles to see eye to eye with her mother, who would rather ignore a problem and preserve their “perfect” life than stand up for what’s right. Jo just wants her mom to accept her queer identity—and is totally crushed when Frankie, the only person who really gets her, finds herself infatuated with someone new. Phoenix tries to find his place at the new school and balance wanting to spend time with Frankie but knowing he also has to help out with his sick sister at home. Bella wants to enjoy the end of high school and just head off to college without a hitch. Everyone expects Frankie’s brother, Nick, to be the golden boy, but even though he just got into his dream school, he’s not even sure he’s a good person.
Each of their stories intersects when Bella is sexually assaulted at a party, and it looks like the perpetrator might get away with it.
Moving, heartfelt, and raw, Jagged Little Pill: The Novel draws on the musical’s story and gives readers deeper glimpses of the characters. It’s a story about the power of voicing your pain, standing up for what’s right, and finding healing and connection.
About the authors
Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and acted on the big and small screens. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment as well as spiritual, psychological, and physical wellness. In 2016, Morissette launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features discussions with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. On December 5, 2019, Jagged Little Pill the musical made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. The show was nominated for 15 Tony Awards and won two of them at the 2021 ceremony. In July 2020, Morissette released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, to rave reviews. In August 2021, she kicked off her world tour, celebrating 25 years of Jagged Little Pill. Morissette is also a judge on Fox’s new competition show Alter Ego and Morissette will serve as an executive producer on ABC’s sitcom Relatable, inspired by her life.
Diablo Cody is an Academy Award–winning writer and producer who is best known for Juno, Young Adult, and Jennifer’s Body.
"Warm and clever and deeply sincere, Eric Smith's adaptation of Jagged Little Pill is a must-read for fans of the source material but also deeply affecting in its own right. As fresh and familiar as a surprising new cover of a song you know by heart."
New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno
"With Jagged Little Pill, Eric Smith brings the all the audacity, strength and spirit of the original with his own signature blend of compassion and tenderness. This novel turns snapshots to scrapbooks, and makes memories so vivid, they’ll feel like your own. A spectacular read."
Saundra Mitchell, author of The Prom and All the Things We Do in the Dark
“Like the music that spawned it, Jagged Little Pill is a righteous roar, a vivid and moving chronicle of youthful love, courage, and heartbreak.”
Jeff Zentner, Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King
"Jagged Little Pill blends the spirit of some of our most beloved musical works into a new anthem: Teens long to be seen, heard, and for their voices to matter. An honest exploration of family and love, of identity and responsibility. Powerful and relevant.”
Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow