by Carrie Arcos
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published April 15th 2014 by Simon Pulse
Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.
Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.
As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.
Everyone is going to die.
You could wake up, get out of bed, trip over a pair of sneakers on the way to the bathroom, fall down the stairs, and break your neck. You could get some crazy disease. You could cross the street and get hit by a car. You could have a brain aneurism, or maybe choke on a piece of hot dog like Jimmy Trevino did during lunch freshman year. While most of us were standing there with our mouths open, thinking, Do something! Miles crashed through the tables and chairs, grabbed Jimmy around the middle and jammed his fists up under Jimmy’s rib cage until the small piece of meat shot out of Jimmy’s mouth. Jimmy lived, but another minute and he could have been brain-dead, which is pretty much like being dead, or he could have been dead-dead.
The point is you die. Most of the time you don’t see it coming.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT OF REACH. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. You can find more about her at carriearcos.com