Genre: Young Adult – Coming-Of-Age
Release Date: October 27th, 2013
and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your
choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They
say I lost.
cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her
stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love
with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a
choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been
transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started
to fall apart.
want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a
lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to
see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her.
Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t
anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the
first time. She was wrong.
day was coming. I knew I would see Chevy again. It’s not just seeing him, it’s
the circumstances. I haven’t had anyone remotely close to me die before now.
Though I didn’t know his father, I know Chevy, and Chevy needs me.
of the car. The heat beats down on me twice as much in my black dress. The
sleeves are longer, going down to my elbows. It seemed more appropriate than
the sleeveless one. I stand there a moment to figure out which direction to go
and finally settle on the center path.
funeral yesterday if I hadn’t taken my car in to get the air-conditioning
fixed. My dad is on call a lot, since he’s a surgeon at a prestigious
Cincinnati hospital. He can’t leave town
at the drop of a hat, even if it is to take his daughter to a funeral. I wasn’t
able to find anyone else to drive down to pick me up, not even my mom.
didn’t I call him? Not only did I not call him when I heard about his father, I
didn’t call him once the whole time I
was away. I kept thinking about the reason I left to begin with. I couldn’t
pick up the phone because I couldn’t tell him the reason.
the 28-year-old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary. You can often find her
either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and
Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles
uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects
books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in
the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin’ names and getting
very close to reaching an epiphany.