An author of young adult literature, she is best known for works such as Tru Confessions (1997) and For What It's Worth (2012). Her popular works contain elements of both fiction and non-fiction and have been translated into many languages.
She was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Later in her life, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she began her writing career.
Shia LeBeouf starred in the film adaptation of her popular 1997 book, Tru Confessions.
She and her husband had a son named Jake Tashjian, who worked as a successful illustrator and often created artwork for her novels.
Both she and writer Cormac McCarthy were born in Providence, Rhode Island.