Synopses & Reviews
The devastating events of 9/11 intertwine with the stories of Alia Susanto a 16 year old Muslim girl in Brooklyn and Jesse McLaurin a white 17 year old who readers meet as she is spray painting “terrorists go home” on the Islam Peace Center that is opening in her New York State town. In 2001 Alia explores her faith while dreaming of becoming a comic book author culminating with a visit to the World Trade Center. In 2016 Jesse’s older brother Travis has been dead for 15 years; her family never learned why he was in one of the Twin Towers when they fell and she feels helpless in the face of her parents’ enduring grief and anger. After the fallout from her act of vandalism Jesse digs into what really happened to Travis reaching some surprising and heartbreaking conclusions. Scenes of Alia and Travis attempting to escape the collapsing buildings are harrowing and realistic highlighting bravery and courage against impossible odds. Mills (Positively Beautiful) movingly examines how easily pain can metastasize into hate while demonstrating the power of compassion hope and forgiveness with equal force. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sarah Davies Greenhouse Literary. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad since has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The only way to make amends is to face the past, starting Jesse on a journey that will reveal the truth about how her brother died.
In 2001, sixteen-year-old Alia is proud to be Muslim . . . it's being a teenager that she finds difficult. After being grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia decides to confront her father at his Manhattan office, putting her in danger she never could have imagined. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers, Alia is trapped inside one of the buildings. In the final hours, she meets a boy who will change everything for her as the flames rage around them . . .
Interweaving stories from past and present, All We Have Left brings one of the most important days in our recent history to life, showing that love and hope will always triumph.