Ali Berman’s flash fiction and poetry have been published in Unsaid Literary Journal, Elimae, Used Furniture Review, and Puerto del Sol. In 2012, she co-founded flipmeover, a production company that uses media to raise awareness about important social issues, and co-wrote “quiet de luxe,” their debut short film that has played in film festivals around the world. She is senior editor of the popular “good gossip” website Ecorazzi.com, reaching millions of people per year with stories that both educate and entertain. Ali resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two cats.
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Misdirected is the story of fifteen-year-old Ben, who moves to a small conservative Colorado town where his atheism seems to be the only thing about him that matters to everyone. His classmates bully him for not fitting in, his teachers don’t understand him, and with his brother serving in Iraq and his sister away at college with problems of her own, Ben is left on his own to figure things out. Being a teen is tricky to navigate when you’re an outsider, and Ben struggles to find his place without compromising who he is. He rebels against his teachers, he argues with his classmates, and he rejects what others believe, bringing the reader with him on his enlightening journey as he learns the value of challenging accepted beliefs—including his own.