Published by Disney-Hyperion on August 8th 2017
I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.
On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.
The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.
Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.
The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.
Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.
Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?
Praise for THIS IS NOT THE END
“A deeply emotional supernatural thriller with the perfect romantic twist, This is Not the End will totally capture your imagination this summer.” ―Brit + Co
“A stunning feat of storytelling that explores one girl’s impossible decision, the depth of grief and the long-buried secrets, This Is Not The End will leave every reader’s pulse in a frenzy.” ―PopSugar
“When I first dove into This Is Not The End, I was not prepared for the onslaught of feels that Chandler Baker was going to send crashing down on me. I never expected to care what happened to Lake, Will, and Penny within the first few pages, but I found myself as grief stricken as Lake was when she experienced her loss. In fact, Chandler was able to tap into my emotions all the way through. The chaotic nature of Lake’s emotions mirrored so many of the things I was feeling in real life at the time of reading and helped me feel like I had a much needed friend on my journey. I love the complicated nature of every relationship in This Is Not The End, it gives the book a very real feel, and keeps you constantly wondering who Lake will choose for her resurrection all the way to twist at the end. A great read for anyone looking for a chance to explore their feelings about life, death, and what happens when you get to choose who walks the path with you. ” ―Shannon Brewer, BookPeople in Austin, TX
“Chandler Baker captures the intimacy of young friendship with heartbreaking accuracy in THIS IS NOT THE END. Set in a beautifully relatable future world with the technology to bring back deceased loved ones, this read was equal parts page turner and thought provoker. I genuinely had to find out the ending!” ―Melanie J. Thompson, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
“Chandler Baker‘s story is almost compulsively readable, and you’ll be tearing through the pages to the final twist reveal, but it’s celebration of life and living along the way that makes it so powerful” ―Bustle
“The way this unique and thoughtful look at death, grief and self-discovery reveals the relationships between the characters in two alternating timelines teases you to the suspenseful outcome, GAH…that twist!” ―Justine Magazine
“The book smartly deals with grief on many levels and among all the characters. Losing two friends at and being close to the families of the deceased compounds the overwhelming sadness, grief, and guilt that Lake feels. While the author makes sure the reader does not drown in such weighty issues, Baker also does not use the resurrection technology as an easy fix concerning Lake’s choice. The technology actually intensifies the questions and issues Lake must confront…a provocative, twisty story with appeal across genders and genres” ―VOYA
Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.
You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
On a typical writing day, I get my work done in nooks and crannies of time. What I lack in quickness, I make up for in diligence, I think, but it’s been an acquired skill. I also work as an attorney and have a toddler, so keep in mind, I’m writing around those! Each day, I’ll use a stopwatch and hit start when I’m actually writing and stop when I do anything but writing or actively thinking—if I go to Twitter or Facebook or email, the timer stops. I try to grab thirty minutes right at the start of the day. That sets the tone for the day and gets me thinking about what I need to accomplish. If I’m in the throes of a project, I will force myself to do a “silent drive” to work. No podcasts, audiobooks, music or phone calls. I use this time for active thinking about my book, the next scene, etc. in order to maximize time. Then usually at lunch, I’ll shoot for two more fifteen-minute sprints. A thousand words is a good, solid day for me. So usually by the time I’ve put my toddler I bed that night have a non-daunting number of words left to accomplish for the day. I had to start using the stopwatch, because I was being dishonest with myself about how much time I was spending writing. There was too much interneting and I’d realized that I’d been sitting “writing” for 4 hours and only really accomplished 1 hour’s worth of work. I know I would rather be doing other things with that time. So I work much more efficiently now.
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