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Gr 9 Up—Ryden Brooks is making the most of his senior year as the star soccer goalie with his beautiful girlfriend Meg on his arm. He has a promising sports career, with his eyes set on a scholarship to UCLA, until it all comes crumbling down. Meg gets cancer and is pregnant. While the protagonist is riddled with guilt, wanting to take care of the situation, Meg feels the opposite and goes against all advice, thus writing her own death sentence. Hope is born, and Meg passes, leaving Ryden and his single mother to pick up the pieces; Meg's parents wants nothing to do with them. The teen is thrust headfirst into fatherhood, meanwhile working a summer job at Whole Foods where he meets Joni. She knows nothing about his past and awakens something in Ryden that he thought was long buried. Verdi eloquently details the trials and tribulations of being a single teen dad, Ryden's feelings of guilt over Meg's death, and his budding feelings towards Joni. The author weaves a mystery amid the chaos through the uncovering of a series of journals that Meg left for Ryden, her sister Mabel, and best friend Alan. Verdi holds nothing back, shedding a realistic light on Ryden's situation, his decisions, and their very real consequences. His voice is spot-on and doesn't sugarcoat the harsh realities that he faces. It isn't often that a book nails the male teen voice as well as Verdi does in this work. VERDICT An excellent addition to YA collections.—Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN

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"Ryden's story is a moving illustration of how sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned to embrace the life you've been given. A strong, character-driven story that teen readers will love." -- Carrie Arcos, National Book Award Finalist for Out of Reach
 
"Verdi eloquently details the trials and tribulations of being a single teen dad, Ryden's feelings of guilt over Meg's death, and his budding feelings towards Joni. The author weaves a mystery amid the chaos through the uncovering of a series of journals that Meg left for Ryden, her sister Mabel, and best friend Alan. Verdi holds nothing back, shedding a realistic light on Ryden's situation, his decisions, and their very real consequences. His voice is spot-on and doesn't sugarcoat the hard realities that he faces. It isn't often that a book nails the male teen voice as well as Verdi does in this work. VERDICT: An excellent addition to YA collections." -- School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
Verdi balances her plot elements deftly in a read that could have gone terribly wrong in less sure hands." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
Teens will be hooked by the premise but will stick with Ryden and his friends in this all-too-real portrait of a modern family." -- Booklist

Product details

  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (August 4, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W3WTVMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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