In the same vein as Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman comes a novel from the gifted author of Faking Normal, Courtney C. Stevens, about hope and courage and the struggle to overcome the pain of loss.
Sadie Kingston is living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can't move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent's brother, Max.
As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him. But Max looks at her scars and doesn't shy away. And Max knows about the list she writes in the sand at the beach every night, the list of things that Sadie knows she must accomplish before she can move on from the accident. And while he can help her with number six (kiss someone without flinching), she knows she's on her own with number three (forgive Gina and Gray) and the rest of the seemingly impossible tasks that must be made possible before she can live in the now again.
Stevens (Faking Normal) shows how a car accident affecting five teenagers is as damaging to their relationships as it is to their bodies. Sadie Kingston is trying to get back to a normal life after the accident left her with large scars on her arms, legs, and face (she names them things like Pink Floyd and Idaho, based on their shapes) and killed her close friend Trent. She also lost her boyfriend, Gray, and best friend, Gina, after they hooked up with each other. The only good to emerge from the tragedy has been a budding romance between Sadie and Trent's younger brother, Max, which is endangered by Sadie's shame about her scars, a secret she kept about Trent, and Gray's inability to let Sadie go. Stevens uses the oft-seen plot device of a list Sadie works through in order to heal by the one-year anniversary of the accident, and the complications among the four living teens are tied up predictably. Still, many readers will enjoy watching a satisfying relationship develop between Max and Sadie. Ages 14 up.