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ISBN13: 9780525421030
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In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- 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.

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 (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"There is little wasted prose, and not a single event rings false. Music lovers will appreciate the passions of Mia, Adam, and her family, who adopt an eclectic mix of favorites." VOYA

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"Mia's recounting of this critical day is laced with insight, good humor, and wonder, allowing the reader to enter the scene as fully as Mia herself seems to have, at least for now, left her broken body....Mia's story will engage readers willing to suspend their disbelief that the future can be seen in the present." Booklist

Synopsis:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.

Two peas in a pod.

Until . . . they werent anymore.

 

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Megs college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that theres a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody cant open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friends death gets thrown into question.

 

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Synopsis:

Theo is better now.

Shes eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isnt talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didnt do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything shes been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

Brandy Colbert dazzles in this heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel about learning how to let go of even our most shameful secrets.

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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. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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kpg813, December 7, 2009 (view all comments by kpg813)
Mia is gravely injured in a car accident that kills her family. As her body lies in a coma in the hospital her spirit is free to wander. Mia must decide whether to live or die. Readers will struggle to make the decision along with her as they relive her life through a series of flashbacks. I found this book compelling and thought provoking and I was kept wondering until the end what her choice would be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525421030
Author:
Forman, Gayle
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Author:
Colbert, Brandy
Author:
Davis, Heather
Author:
Potter, Kirsten
Author:
Bass, Ron
Author:
Stoltz, Adrienne
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Situations / Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Situations / Suicide
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140724
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
14-14

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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 (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "There is little wasted prose, and not a single event rings false. Music lovers will appreciate the passions of Mia, Adam, and her family, who adopt an eclectic mix of favorites."
"Review" by , "Mia's recounting of this critical day is laced with insight, good humor, and wonder, allowing the reader to enter the scene as fully as Mia herself seems to have, at least for now, left her broken body....Mia's story will engage readers willing to suspend their disbelief that the future can be seen in the present."
"Synopsis" by ,
Cody and Meg were inseparable.

Two peas in a pod.

Until . . . they werent anymore.

 

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Megs college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that theres a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody cant open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friends death gets thrown into question.

 

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

"Synopsis" by ,
Theo is better now.

Shes eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isnt talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didnt do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything shes been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

Brandy Colbert dazzles in this heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel about learning how to let go of even our most shameful secrets.

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