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"No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people." — E. LOCKHART, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again
A poignant and uplifting novel about the power of community, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.
Aaron Stein used to think books were miracles. But not anymore. Even though he spends his days working in his family's secondhand bookstore, the only book Aaron can bear to read is one about the demise of the dinosaurs. It's a predicament he understands all too well, now that his brother and mom are gone and his friends have deserted him, leaving Aaron and his shambolic father alone in a moldering bookstore in a crusty mountain town where no one seems to read anymore.
So when Aaron sees the opportunity to sell the store, he jumps at it, thinking this is the only way out. But he doesn't account for Chad, a "best life" bro with a wheelchair and way too much optimism, or the town's out-of-work lumberjacks taking on the failing shop as their pet project. And he certainly doesn't anticipate meeting Hannah, a beautiful, brave musician who might possibly be the kind of inevitable he's been waiting for.
All of them will help Aaron to come to terms with what he's lost, what he's found, who he is, and who he wants to be, and show him that destruction doesn't inevitably lead to extinction; sometimes it leads to the creation of something entirely new.
Embittered in the wake of his older brother's overdose and death as well as his mother's abandonment, 19-year-old Aaron Stein, who is white and Jewish, feels like one of the doomed dinosaurs he obsessively reads about. He's been forced to run his family's failing Bellingham, Wash., bookstore since his parents filed for bankruptcy and transferred ownership, a business that seems slated for extinction. Concerned about his dad's intensifying mental confusion and agitation, and angry at his late brother for the financial fallout surrounding his drug reliance, Aaron makes a secret property deal. But the meddling of 21-year-old "Best-Life Bro" Chad Santos, a former classmate who uses a wheelchair, challenges Aaron's pessimism. Forman (If I Stay) movingly communicates Aaron's grief through his hostility and flawed understanding of addiction; his burgeoning relationship with brown-eyed, freckled musician Hannah, who's newly sober, and his growing self-awareness bring nuance to this discussion and depiction of addiction. Both a moving story of growing through grief and an ode to the miracle of books and independent bookstores, Forman's newest is a sincere and affecting volume. Ages 14 up. \n