Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson, a Pennsylvania native, began her writing journey during a cross-country move to Arizona at twelve, a trip she documented in a purple notebook she still keeps. Johnson's writing career in the young adult genre includes notable works like If I Fix You and Every Other Weekend.

Despite becoming a tetraplegic after a car accident at seventeen, she embraced life's adventures, including bodysurfing in Mexico and directing a high-school play.

Her debut novel, If I Fix You" (2016), is a contemporary young adult story. It explores the life of sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker, who grapples with her mother's sudden departure and the ensuing family secrets. As Jill navigates her broken world, she encounters Daniel, a new neighbor with his own hidden scars, leading her to realize that fixing others starts with mending her own life.

In Girl on the Run (2020), a young adult thriller, Johnson introduces Katelyn, who inadvertently exposes her mother's mysterious past through an online dating profile. This revelation launches them into danger, forcing Katelyn to unravel long-concealed secrets. The book was recognized as a 2023 Missouri Gateway Book Award Winner and a 2021 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee.

Her latest novel, Every Time You Go Away (2023), continues her foray into contemporary young adult fiction.

Photo credit: abigailjohnsonbooks.com
years of life: 1980 present


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It felt like such a loaded question when I asked, “Are you coming with me?”

He fought his smile and lost. “Apparently. Which way?”
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“I forgot I was angry, just by looking at you
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“You have no idea what you looked like sitting in the moonlight. You glowed, and I wanted to be close to you, before I even knew your name. That’s why I didn’t go back inside right away.”

“That sounds like a bit of revisionist history to me. I’m pretty sure you stayed outside to yell at me.”

Daniel smiled at my attempted humor. “I’m serious. I walked out of a nightmare and there you were. It was because of you that I walked out. I don’t remember if I yelled or not, I just remember not wanting to blink.


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