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A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces — to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Review:

"The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state ('Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this'), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: 'Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school,' prays Mia's friend Kim. 'I know you'd hate that kind of thing.' Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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"...laced with insight, good humor, and wonder... " Booklist

Review:

"...the stakes are poignantly conveyed through Mia's vivid memories of a rich, rewarding life." Hornbook

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"Forman's characters are smart and solid. There is little wasted prose, and not a single event rings false. Music lovers will appreciate the passions of Mia, Adam, and her family." VOYA

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"Readers will find themselves engrossed in Mia's struggles and will race to the satisfying yet realistic conclusion.... Both brutal and beautiful, this thought-provoking story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make — and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Synopsis:

The love story of Jenny and Billy continues in this captivating sequel to the acclaimed paranormal young adult novel A Certain Slant of Light.

Synopsis:

Hayley Matthews draws strength and focus from her dream of cheerleading, her family, and her Christian faith, as she battles cancer in a story of romance, adversity, and friendship, by the author of the Ghost Huntress series.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Addie, an aspiring actress on a mission to save the historic Jewel Theater, time travels between Seattle at the beginning of the War on Terror and the Seattle of WWI, with the help of a magic mirror. In both times the existence of the Jewel is threatened, war is looming, and someone she cares about is determined to fight.

Synopsis:

An earthquake and the discovery of a mysterious antique mirror unleash forces that jolt sixteen-year-old Addie McNeal back to 1917 Seattle, just as the United States is entering World War I. Addie finds herself shuttling back and forth between past and present, drawn in both times to the grand Jewel Theater. In both decades the existence of the Jewel is threatened and war is looming . . . and someone she cares about is determined to fight. Eventually, Addie realizes that only she has the key to saving the Jewel—and the lives of her friends. But will she figure out how to manipulate the intricately woven threads of time and truly set things right?

 

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Cyan was named after a shade of blue, her artist mother's favorite color. The color of the sea. Since her father's death last year, shes felt just as mercurial and dark as her namesake, and the distance between Cyan and her mother has grown as wide as an ocean. Now they're returning to the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, where her father's mysterious accident occurred, and joining them will be Kammi--who may soon become a stepsister. Haunted by the secrets of the past, Cyan will explore all the depths of her blueness this summer, discovering the light, the darkness, and the many shades in between that are within her—and within us all.

About the Author

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the Nation, and the New York Times Magazine.

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Melinda Ott, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I will come clean...I cry at everything. Sad movies, happy movies, books, commercials featuring pets, and--worst of all--preschool graduations. Seriously. It is not a feat to make me cry.

This book did not make me cry.

I'd say I have stone-cold heart, but since I cry at everything else, I don't see how that can be true. I know I was supposed to cry...everyone I know who has read this book said I would cry and, believe me, Forman tried her best to squeeze tears out of me, but it just didn't happen.

I get that the premise--a girl whose entire family is killed in a car accident and her out-of-body self has to decide if she wants to lie or die--is tough. I'm not heartless, after all. But I just was never able to get emotionally invested in this book. After I finished I tried to figure out why this book left me so cold, and I think three things come into play.

First of all, only 2 things happen in this book. Mia is in a car accident and then she decides whether she'll live or die. Yes, there are some other minor incidents of activity (the biggest being her boyfriend and musician friends try to break into the ICU), but as far as plot goes, it is just those 2 things and a lot of introspection. I was definitely left wanting more plot and, strangely, more introspection.

And introspection is my second issue--in that it isn't. Introspection and flashbacks are not the same thing. I would say a good 3/4 of this book is told through flashbacks, but the flashbacks are really just recounting of things past--there is never really a tie to what happened back then to the decision Mia needs to make now. I found this very frustrating because I felt that all these flashbacks were the literary equivalent of treading water and I wanted this book to go somewhere.

Finally, I didn't think that there was a single original character in this book. Every character--the gifted but shy Mia, her musician boyfriend, her ex-rocker parents, her outspoken best friend--were just the usual stock characters that are commonly found in young adult literature. I don't mean to bash YA fiction by saying this--I've read some fantastic books where writers have taken the "usual" characters and transformed them--but I just didn't feel that it worked here. I had seen all these characters before, several times, and nothing they did or said really interested me at this point. In fact, the only character that had any real stock in was Mia's friend, Kim--not because she was unique, but because she was at least the most interesting of the cliches.

Look, I know people LOVE this book and I'm not saying they are wrong. I read a lot and I critique what I read and maybe I'm cynical and the heart on my sleeve may be covered by several layers of literary gortex at this point. But I can say that, ultimately, this one just didn't have the teeth to cut through to my emotions.
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Mia Gallagher, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Mia Gallagher)
This book is really heartfelt! I felt sad for Mia and all she went through. You have to be super brave to make a choice like that!
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Mia Gallagher, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Mia Gallagher)
This book is really heartfelt! I felt sad for Mia and all she went through. You have to be support brave to make a choice like that!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142415436
Author:
Forman, Gayle
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Colbert, Brandy
Author:
Gibson, Marley
Author:
Stoltz, Adrienne
Author:
Spiegler, Louise
Author:
Selznick, Brian
Author:
Bass, Ron
Author:
Levithan, David
Author:
Whitcomb, Laura
Author:
Patterson, Valerie O.
Author:
Various
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Situations / Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
cancer;cheerleading;high school;gymnastics;dance;true story;romance;family;teen
Subject:
paranormal;romance;sequel;A Certain Slant of Light;love;ghosts;out of body exper
Subject:
fantasy;time travel;teenager;World War I;Seattle;mystery;war;historical fiction;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.00 x 5.00 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state ('Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this'), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: 'Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school,' prays Mia's friend Kim. 'I know you'd hate that kind of thing.' Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc. All rights reserved.)
"Review" by , "...laced with insight, good humor, and wonder... "
"Review" by , "...the stakes are poignantly conveyed through Mia's vivid memories of a rich, rewarding life."
"Review" by , "Forman's characters are smart and solid. There is little wasted prose, and not a single event rings false. Music lovers will appreciate the passions of Mia, Adam, and her family."
"Review" by , "Readers will find themselves engrossed in Mia's struggles and will race to the satisfying yet realistic conclusion.... Both brutal and beautiful, this thought-provoking story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned."
"Synopsis" by , In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make — and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

"Synopsis" by ,
The love story of Jenny and Billy continues in this captivating sequel to the acclaimed paranormal young adult novel A Certain Slant of Light.
"Synopsis" by ,
Hayley Matthews draws strength and focus from her dream of cheerleading, her family, and her Christian faith, as she battles cancer in a story of romance, adversity, and friendship, by the author of the Ghost Huntress series.
"Synopsis" by ,
Sixteen-year-old Addie, an aspiring actress on a mission to save the historic Jewel Theater, time travels between Seattle at the beginning of the War on Terror and the Seattle of WWI, with the help of a magic mirror. In both times the existence of the Jewel is threatened, war is looming, and someone she cares about is determined to fight.
"Synopsis" by , An earthquake and the discovery of a mysterious antique mirror unleash forces that jolt sixteen-year-old Addie McNeal back to 1917 Seattle, just as the United States is entering World War I. Addie finds herself shuttling back and forth between past and present, drawn in both times to the grand Jewel Theater. In both decades the existence of the Jewel is threatened and war is looming . . . and someone she cares about is determined to fight. Eventually, Addie realizes that only she has the key to saving the Jewel—and the lives of her friends. But will she figure out how to manipulate the intricately woven threads of time and truly set things right?

 

"Synopsis" by , Cyan was named after a shade of blue, her artist mother's favorite color. The color of the sea. Since her father's death last year, shes felt just as mercurial and dark as her namesake, and the distance between Cyan and her mother has grown as wide as an ocean. Now they're returning to the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, where her father's mysterious accident occurred, and joining them will be Kammi--who may soon become a stepsister. Haunted by the secrets of the past, Cyan will explore all the depths of her blueness this summer, discovering the light, the darkness, and the many shades in between that are within her—and within us all.
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