Since his brother died and his mother left, the only book Aaron’s been able to read is about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Stuck working with his father at their floundering bookstore, it feels apropos. When a chance encounter grants him a new friend and his father a renewed vigor to save the store, he starts to wonder: Is that looming asteroid really inevitable? Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people. —E. LOCKHART, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again
A poignant and uplifting novel about the power of community, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.
Aaron Stein used to think books were miracles. But not anymore. Even though he spends his days working in his family's secondhand bookstore, the only book Aaron can bear to read is one about the demise of the dinosaurs. It's a predicament he understands all too well, now that his brother and mom are gone and his friends have deserted him, leaving Aaron and his shambolic father alone in a moldering bookstore in a crusty mountain town where no one seems to read anymore.
So when Aaron sees the opportunity to sell the store, he jumps at it, thinking this is the only way out. But he doesn't account for Chad, a best life bro with a wheelchair and way too much optimism, or the town's out-of-work lumberjacks taking on the failing shop as their pet project. And he certainly doesn't anticipate meeting Hannah, a beautiful, brave musician who might possibly be the kind of inevitable he's been waiting for.
All of them will help Aaron to come to terms with what he's lost, what he's found, who he is, and who he wants to be, and show him that destruction doesn't inevitably lead to extinction; sometimes it leads to the creation of something entirely new.
“Both a moving story of growing through grief and an ode to the miracle of books and independent bookstores, Forman's newest is a sincere and affecting volume.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A love letter to bookstores and a deftly drawn portrait of the ripples of addiction.” Kirkus Reviews
“We Are Inevitable is both hopeful and honest in its portrayal of grief and the struggle to find your way back to yourself. A testament to the healing power of books, friends, and community.” Margot Wood, author of Fresh
“This story hits hard, right in the book lover feels! We Are Inevitable is full of endearing characters, witty dialogue, and a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking plot that will leave readers inspired and itching to get back to the bookstore. I loved it.” Christine Riccio, New York Times Bestselling author of Again, but Better
"We Are Inevitable is a love letter to bookstores, and a bow to the importance of community. It is an understanding of the complexity of grief and an uplifting embrace that tells us we can, no, we will survive. Boy, did I NEED this book — my guess is you do too!" Heather Hebert, Children's Book World
“A masterfully layered story about friendship, family, and acceptance with brilliant bursts of Seinfeldian humor zinging throughout. I could've stayed up in the Cascades with Aaron and friends for a whole 'nother book!" David Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love and Super Fake Love Song
“We Are Inevitable is one of those magical books that reads almost like a modern day fable. I found myself falling in love with the entire cast of characters, and rooting for Aaron all the way through. At its heart, this is a beautifully rendered reminder of the importance of community at a time when we need it most.” Len Vlahos, Author of Hard Wired and The Scar Boys and Owner of Tattered Cover
“No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people.” E. Lockhart, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again
“The fastest way to a girl's heart is a novel set in a bookstore. I loved We Are Inevitable and its cast of characters (slightly damaged, a little shopworn, but never bargain-basement.) The only flaw: that Bluebird Books doesn't exist in real life, and I can't go there to browse.” Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble and Owner of Book Moon Bookstore
About the Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. Her #1 New York Times bestselling novel If I Stay was adapted into a film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Gayle is also the author of several other bestselling novels, including Where She Went, I Was Here, the Just One series, I Have Lost My Way, and Leave Me. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
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