Cass’s best friend Julia dies, and this book follows alternating timelines about memories from Cass’s cross-country bike trip and the present, a production of a musical Julia wrote titled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad. A romance builds amid theater, healing, and growth.
For months, Cass Meyer has heard her best friend Julia, a wannabe Broadway composer, whispering about a top-secret project. Then Julia is killed in a sudden car accident, and while Cass is still reeling from her death, Julia’s boyfriend and her other drama friends make it their mission to bring to fruition the nearly-completed secret project: a musical about an orphaned ninja princess entitled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.
Cass isn’t one of the drama people. She doesn’t feel at home with Julia’s drama friends, and she doesn’t see a place for her in the play. Things only get worse when she finds out that Heather Galloway, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school, has been cast as the ninja princess.
Cass can’t take a summer of swallowing her pride and painting sets, so she decides to follow her original plan for a cross-country road trip with Julia. Even if she has a touring bicycle instead of a driver’s license, and even if Julia’s ashes are coming along in Tupperware.
Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad is a story about friendship. About love. About traveling a thousand miles just to find yourself. About making peace with the past, and making sense of it. And it’s a story about the bloodiest high school musical one quiet suburb has ever seen.
Cis girls: Cass, Julia
Bisexual/lesbian/queer: Cass, Heather
Homoromantic or biromantic: Cass, Heather
White: Cass, Julia, Heather
Quaker (Christian)- Cass
Trigger Warnings: death