From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a “transcendent love story” (Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower) about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.
What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?
While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.
And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.
There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.
It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what is best left to become a memory.
The small riverside community of Aberdeen faces a grim future: the town is literally sinking, and predicted rains could put houses completely underwater. Government officials have mandated evacuation, but high school senior Keeley, unafraid to say or do just about anything, has no intention of leaving her best friend Morgan or her longtime crush Jesse. In the days that follow, Keeley and Jesse hatch schemes and pull pranks to raise their peers' spirits, but some plans backfire and Keeley ends up hurting those she cares about most. As the deadline to leave town draws near, tensions and tempers flare, especially in Keeley's household. In this multifaceted novel, Vivian (The List) focuses on the psychological responses to impending disaster while addressing universal themes of first love and betrayal. The book examines many forms of loss and illustrates how rebuilding can be even harder than seeing what is loved destroyed. Keeley is a realistically flawed heroine, and Vivian allows readers to feel intimately connected to the depth of her regret and her urgent need to reconnect with pieces of her past. Ages 14 up.