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Positively Beautifulby Wendy Mills
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Erins life is taken up with her best friend, Trina, her crush on smoky-eyed, unattainable Michael, and fending off Faith, the vision of perfection whos somehow always had a knife in for Erin. Her dad, a pilot, died when she was very young, but Erin and her mom are just fine on their own.
Then everything changes forever when Erins mom announces she has breast cancer and even worse, the cancer is linked to a rare gene mutation. The chances that Erin has inherited it are frighteningly high. Would it be better to get tested and have major preemptive surgery or spend as much life as she has left in blissful ignorance?
As Erin grapples with the terrible dilemma, her life spirals downward, alleviated only by the flying lessons she starts taking. Up in the sky, following in her dads footsteps, Erin finds freedom chasing the horizon. She also finds solace in Ashley, a girl she meets in an online support group. But when, in a moment of madness, Erin flies away to find her new friend, she finds herself on a journey that will take her through not only shock and despair—but ultimately, to a new understanding of the true meaning of beauty and love.
"In her first YA novel, adult author Mills (the Sabrina Dunsweeny mysteries) follows a high school junior after her widowed mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. Erin soon learns that this isn't the first time that her mother has had breast cancer, and that her mother also has a BRCA gene mutation, which means Erin likely has it, too. Erin reels from the potential implications of this news, and starts taking flying lessons as an escape, while talking to a girl named Ashley in an online forum about the BRCA genes. Meanwhile, Erin's social life plummets when she becomes the target of classmate Faith, who spreads rumors about her. Mills's novel starts off strong, carefully taking Erin through her mother's diagnosis and treatment, while unpacking Erin's fear of finding out whether she's positive for a BRCA mutation. A dramatic twist midway through the story, born out of Erin's lack of control over her life, strains believability, however, and brings excess melodrama to a story whose emotions already run high. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A heart-wrenching story about love, family, and the gene mutation that almost surely means cancer.
In this heart-wrenching story of love and loss, a teen copes with the reality of a genetic mutation that could change everything.
Erin Baileys life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. Its always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty.
This thought-provoking story brings readers to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erins fear, her frustration, and ultimately . . . her freedom.
About the Author
Wendy Mills was born in Virginia and spent several years in North Carolina, but now lives with her family on the tropical island of Bokeelia, off the south-west coast of Florida where she spends her time writing and dodging hurricanes. She has published adult mysteries with Poisoned Pen Press, and Positively Beautiful is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at www.wendyhowellmills.com or on Twitter @WendyHowelMills.
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