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Lurlene McDaniel’s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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1
Analise
Friday, October 21, 11:58 PM


I am floating in total darkness. Not floating like in water, but on a stream of air. Floating, trapped within a dark cloud . . . my eyes wide open. But there's no light, not even a glimmer, and I can't see. I hear nothing. I feel nothing. No pain. No brush of air against my skin. Not the limbs of my body. Not the beating of my heart. Not the sound of my blood rushing through my ears.
My heartbeat. My sight. My touch. Where are they? Where am I?
Who am I?


2
Laurie
Friday, October 21, 6:15 pm


"How many times are you going to change clothes tonight?"
I stop riffling through the contents of my pathetic closet and look over at Judie, my best friend. She's sitting on my bed eating potato chips, spilling salty crumbs all over my comforter.

"As many times as it takes to get it right," I tell her.

"I've seen at least four outfits that look good on you. Why not just eeny-meeny-miney-mo them and get over it? He's going to be here in forty-five minutes." She glances at my bedside clock. "And I still haven't done your hair."

I want to be patient with her, but how can I? She knows that Quentin Palmer--Quin to the entire city of Asheville, North Carolina--has asked me, Laurie Stark, out to a bash at some mountain estate. I think of what Dorothy said when meeting the Wizard of Oz. "I am Dorothy, the small and meek. . . ." Freshman girls like me don't get rushed by senior jocks like Quin. And yet, I was. He came right over to the cafeteria table where I was sitting with Judie two days ago and said, "You're Laurie, aren't you? Want to come to a party Friday night?"

My mouth dropped open. I've worshipped him from afar since school started and now, just before school carnival, he was asking me on a date. Judie nudged me under the table. "This Friday?" Did my voice squeak?

"I'll pick you up at seven," Quin said.

"D-do you need directions?"

"I know where you live."

He gave me a smile that made my blood sizzle, but when he walked away, Judie said, "That's scary."

"What?" I could hardly speak and I was shaking. This happens when a god speaks to you.

"That he knows where you live," she said.

We picked up our trays and headed to the deposit window. I thought every eye in the cafeteria was looking at me because they'd seen Quin come up to my table and talk to me. I thought maybe Judie was jealous. "So then why did he ask me?"

"Because he's working his way through all the new freshman girls at school. It's October and he's up to the S's."

I felt a flare of temper. "That's mean."

"Cool off. I'm kidding. He asked because you're pretty." Judie flashed me a smile.

We've been friends since fifth grade. She's big-boned and round with boobs that need a double-D-cup bra. I'm the tall lanky type with blond hair and size C-cup boobs--okay, a high B. Judie doesn't date anybody. I've dated a few guys, but dumped them when they asked for benefits.
People wonder why we're friends, because we're different. I don't know, but ever since passing from Asheville Middle School to Asheville High, student population just shy of six hundred, we've navigated the wannabe waters of popularity. "With you steering the boat," Judie would say.
Now, with a date to a party with Quin, I see rocks ahead of our boat. But two days ago, I was walking on air. Quin asked me. Me!


When I tell Mom about my date with Quin, she practically does a cartwheel. She knows who Quin is. Everyone who reads the local paper and isn't mentally impaired knows. He's the star of our baseball team, the All-County and All-State team pitcher, member of Parade magazine's A-team, the number-one draft choice of coaches from Duke and North Carolina State and any number of colleges and universities across the country. Quin's hot in every way.

"Tell me how he asked you." Mom wants details, so I give them. Mostly to see her face light up. People say we look alike and I guess we do, but the similarity is only skin deep.

When she went to Asheville High, she was homecoming queen, Miss Student Body, prom queen . . . the list goes on. (My list is painfully short: cross-country team.) Everybody loved Lindsey Duvales, including my dad, Denny Stark. They got married and had me, but the marriage didn't work out, so Dad left Asheville for Columbus, Ohio. Mom sells real estate and makes enough money to keep us both in trendy clothes and decent shoes.

Sometimes I'm sorry she can't go to high school in my place. She likes it all so much more than I do, and now that I've got a date with Quin, I feel more like Lindsey Duvales than Laurie Stark, which is an interesting feeling.

So now, when I'm standing in front of my closet, all my self-assurance goes out the window. Judie scoots off the bed and picks up three outfits scattered on the floor. Two still have the tags on them from when Mom brought them home. She likes shopping for me.

"What's wrong with this?" Judie holds up a green sweater and a plaid miniskirt. "It'll show off your long legs. You should go for it."

"Too Catholic-school girl."

"Then go with jeans and this sweater."

"I hate that sweater."

"How about these jeans?" Judie holds out a pair Mom just bought, with ragged knees and a hole in one thigh. She looks at the price tag and grimaces. "Why would you spend this much money on something from the thrift store?"

"They're brand-new," I tell her. I snatch the jeans and slide them over my legs, zip them up. They fit like a second skin.

"This sweater," Judie says, giving me a pink one that has a low V-neck and barely skims my waistband.

I try it on, stare at myself in the mirror. "You think so?"

"I think so."


Quin agrees. I see it on his face when I come down the stairs, and it makes my insides glow. Mom has him cornered in the living room and is bubbling with enthusiastic questions. I'm embarrassed, but he doesn't seem to mind. All I can think about is getting out of there.

"You kids have fun," Mom calls from the front door as we start down the walk to his car.
I'm thankful she hasn't whipped out her camera.

"You two look alike," he says, opening the door for me.

"I've been told that before." I get in, stare out the window at my mother's figure backlit in the front doorway, where she's standing and waving. I want to sink into the upholstery.

Quin starts the engine. "Buckle up. I drive fast."

I do as I'm told, grateful for his blaring CD player. Now that the commotion is over, now that I'm riding into the dark hills beside Quin Palmer, it occurs to me that I don't know this guy and I have nothing to say to him.

I miss Lindsey Duvales. She'd know how to talk to him. Laurie Stark doesn't.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Lurlene McDaniel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238706
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Namanyas on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
How one moment can change your life forever. A bike ride she had took many times before babysitting as she had done before. One moment, changes everything. The other, a dream date that turns horribly wrong did they really hit an animal like he said or was it the girl on the bike? Looking back now she's not so sure, but she's about to find out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on August 8, 2008
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I read this book as it was a book that was on my son's summer reading list. It was an excellent book. Very well written and suspenseful. I really enjoyed it. However, I wish I knew what happened to all of the characters after the confession. Was there a trial? What happened? It would be nice to read a "SEQUEL" to this book. I would like to know what happened after the fact, to Quin, Jeremy and Laurie and the others and how this incident changed their lives.

Sheila
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2008
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This book s very special to me.It was the first Lurlene McDainel book i read.I love this book.But,if you are under the age of 11,you shouldn't read it.I'm 13 and read it when I was 12.Anyways,just get it.I even cryed reading it!The Stepsister 2 (Fear Street Series #34)Hit and Run (Lurlene McDaniel)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MrsRowland on August 3, 2007
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Another of Lurlene McDaniel's beautiful, moving novels. Told in the persepctive of four different adolescents, they all are connected by a terrible accident. Quin, an extraodinary athlete whose career hangs in the balance after a terrible mistake. Laurie, a quiet girl who finds herself admist all the confusion after simply agreeing to go on a date. Jeremy, a carpenter-in-training whose skills will be used to make something for Analise. And finally, Analise, the victim of a terrible accident who hovers between life and death, seeing the bright light and hearing her parents and Jeremy call to her to live. This book so reminds me of the classic Billy Joel song "Goodnight, My Angel" , perhaps it is the last line of the book "Goodbye, my angel" that does it. All adolescents should read this book and see how the decisions you make can affect those you do not know.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dieleman on December 5, 2008
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This was a timeless and tragic story of what happens when a mistake is made and no one tries to tell the truth. I enjoyed the fact that this story was written in first person from the perspective of all 4 people involved. This story is centered on popularity and what teens will do to try to obtain it. This story was a little more grown up and I do not recommend it for anyone under the age of 14. It still gives you a new perspective on your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hall on August 30, 2007
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this book didn't seem to be as great as lurlene mcdaniel's other books are, but i still enjoyed it. i currently own all but one or two of her books that are out, i love her stories, you can relate well to the characters even though you really just met them.
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I bought a set of these for a small class of high school boys with grade-school reading levels. I was looking for a book with an "Outsiders" feel, about real high school life told from the point of view of teenagers. All of the boys were very reluctant to get started, just because it had page numbers and a cover. (I frequently hear "I don't read books.") All of them eventually realized it was interesting and within their abilities, and there was a lot of independent reading going on. I also offered this book to a girl in a college-prep English class who was looking for something to do in the last days of school. She finished it in a couple of days on her own time and also liked it. I recommend this book.
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By jtwis96 on October 14, 2013
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The ending...like really??! I've read almost all lurlene books and they are amazing a well as this one but the ending stinks it seems unfinished and I'm really upset about it. This is the best author in history wtf???
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