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The Lighter Side of Life and Death

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There are certain things you know you'll always remember. Like the way Miracle stares at me when we hear the gunshot. Our eyes lock fast. Hers shine with resignation, pain and the kind of love I can only begin to understand. Suddenly I can't catch my breath. I'm beyond anything I ever wanted to feel. It's low and high, intertwined like a double helix, and I mumble to Monica G as I rush offstage, my body racked with dread.  

But this isn't the end. Not yet. I stumble back under the lights, bury my head in Miracle's chest and try to speak. Don't, she says. She has the last lines. There's nothing else for me to remember, nothing to do but watch her and let the final moments roll over me. My eyes burn as I look and listen but I don't fight it. I want to be fearless like Miracle. I want it to hurt so everyone can see.  

Then there's just silence stretched out in front of us in the darkness. I wipe my face as we scramble offstage, and Miracle grabs my sleeve and whispers something I can't quite hear. I nod anyway, feeling wounded and amazed. It's like we're all incredible--me, Miracle, Monica G, Charlie Kady, Y and Z, Jamie and everyone else who made this happen. We're even better than last night and the night before that. It makes me wonder just how good we could be if there was a next time.   Everyone claps for us. Not just polite applause but like they really got it. On stage we hold hands and bow, and the feeling just keeps growing. We did good; we did awesome. I love these people next to me, Miracle channeling Meryl Streep and Monica G squeezing my hand and Jamie pulling strings in the background and Y and Z looking deep in love with each other, beaming with pride. I tell you, if you could bottle what I'm feeling right now, you'd be a billionaire. My cells are singing an anthem.  

They're still singing when I stride out to the lobby afterwards. I'm swarmed by people clapping me on the shoulder and hurling praise in my direction. Then it's Dad's turn and he grins at Nina like he's showing me off for the first time. Mason, you were fabulous, she says with a smile. You should be so proud.  

Nina's the only one of Dad's girlfriends that I've ever spent more than thirty minutes with, and I thank her and shift my focus to Brianna, next to her. Brianna happens to be the only one of us who isn't smiling. She's a thirteen-year-old tragedy-in-waiting, that kid. The face of gloom. As far as I can see, it doesn't have much to do with Dad and Nina's engagement either. She's been like that ever since we met.  

Your dad tells me you're off to celebrate now, Nina says with a cheerful nod. Don't let us keep you.  

I smile wider because Nina's got my number. Yolanda Solomon's extremely cool parents have handed over their house until one-thirty. There's not a second to lose. Say hi to Burke for me, okay? I tell her. Burke is Brianna's six-and-a-half-year-old brother.He's so normal that you'd never guess they share DNA.  

Will do, Nina replies. I'll see you at the engagement shower.  

The engagement shower's doubling as a housewarming party. Everything but the wedding has been pushed forward on account of Nina's landlord selling their condo--they weren't supposed to move in with us until the end of September. Not that I mind. I only have a year an

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Losing his virginity to the previously unattainable Kat after performing in the school play, 16-year-old Mason is crushed when Kat does not want to continue the relationship, compelling Mason to pursue an older woman. By the author of One Lonely Degree.

Synopsis:

After the last, triumphant night of the school play, fifteen-year-old Mason loses his virginity to his good friend and secret crush, Kat Medina, which leads to enormous complications at school just as his home life is thrown into turmoil by his father's marriage to a woman with two children.

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ISBN:
9780375893278
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Sex
Author:
Martin, C. K. Kelly
Author:
C. K. Kelly Martin
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Love & Romance
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Dating and Sex
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100525
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
9-12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 240 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375893278 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Losing his virginity to the previously unattainable Kat after performing in the school play, 16-year-old Mason is crushed when Kat does not want to continue the relationship, compelling Mason to pursue an older woman. By the author of One Lonely Degree.
"Synopsis" by , After the last, triumphant night of the school play, fifteen-year-old Mason loses his virginity to his good friend and secret crush, Kat Medina, which leads to enormous complications at school just as his home life is thrown into turmoil by his father's marriage to a woman with two children.
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