It seems to me like there are a million truths out there, depending on who tells them. (Compulsion)


“Wanted is a well-written, suspenseful, even violent book made more troubling by the authenticity and likability of its characters. Readers will ache as they read this page-turner.” —ALA Booklist “Ayarbe does not shrink from the gritty, depressing reality of twenty-first-century American race and class issues, or from the uncertainty as to how the future will … Read More


“Compulsion is a starkly honest, compelling read. It will grab you and plunge you into the unusual, yet strangely familiar mind of Jake Martin and you will come out different.” (Award-winning author Francisco X Stork of Marcelo in the Real World). “Compulsion is one of those books that immediate grab the reader by the heart … Read More


“Ayarbe offers a gut-wrenching, terrifyingly authentic story and memorably etched, courageous characters whose influence on each other is palpable … Reminiscent of Adam Rapp’s 33 Snowfish (2003), this challenging read will leave readers holding out a faint hope for Maya’s future. ” Booklist (April 1, 2010) Maya’s life has always been chaotic. Living with a … Read More

Freeze Frame

“Freeze Frame is, quite simply, a stellar first novel. Heidi Ayarbe’s powerful prose compels you to turn page after page until, along with protagonist Kyle, you reach the necessary resolution to mind-numbing conflict. This story will stay under your skin for a very long time.” – Ellen Hopkins, author of the National Book Award nominee … Read More