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andlt;aandgt;andlt;/aandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;IN THE FUTURE, WHEN I IMAGINE I MIGHT BE famous or infamous for something Iand#8217;ve done, I suppose people will ask what it was that brought me to that place. Well, if Iand#8217;m infamous I will sayand#8212;no eyewitnesses and a good lawyer. If Iand#8217;m famous I will say, I guess I just wanted it bad enough. One of these scenarios will probably be true, but more than likely neither will happen.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Most likely Iand#8217;ll live my life like most people on the planet. Highs, lows, buy some shit, read some books, love some people, try not to eff the world up, and be kind to animals so they wonand#8217;t eat me, as Iand#8217;ve chosen to try not to eat them.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But if Iand#8217;m ever asked if there was a time in my life that made me the person I am, I will point to a certain October that stays with me like a song played over the radio a hundred times at the start of a day. You canand#8217;t get it out of your head so all you can do is go through it. I never did finish my book report on andlt;iandgt;Anna Kareninaandlt;/iandgt; and I went through so much with people I loved and hung out with. I got to see the world through their eyes that certain October, although my own were slightly unfocused.

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Johnson, Angela
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Social Issues - Adolescence
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Social Issues - Friendship
Situations / Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Three-time Coretta Scott King Award — winner Johnson (Heaven) pens a story of dazzling immediacy set in Cleveland. Her keenly observant narrator, Scotty, 16, divides her days between attending school, dealing with her autistic younger brother, Keone; and hanging out with her friends Falcone and Misha at the Endangered Species Cafe. Scotty's chief concerns are planning for the upcoming homecoming dance and making a trip to visit Falcone's sister, Gina, who became a mother figure to Scotty after her mother died. But Scotty's world is turned upside down when she's in a train crash that kills three students, including her very recent crush, and puts Keone in a coma. Dazed, Scotty suffers from survivor's guilt ('Half of Keone's bones are broken. I got bruises and a twisted knee. Life is stupid'), fantasizing ways the crash could have been avoided. Realistic dialogue and a cast of vibrant characters give lively texture to Johnson's nonlinear narrative. Through minimal exposition and Scotty's singular voice, Johnson gracefully explores life's defining moments, whether painful or bittersweet, and how the world carries on, even when everything has changed. Ages 14 — up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A new novel from the three time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.
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