Published by Simon Pulse
Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.
Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.
Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.
Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.
And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.
But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.
Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.
That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.
A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering ‘I got you’ long after you’ve closed the book.” –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus
“A poignant and carefully crafted story…. A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal
“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly
Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.
1. What is on your nightstand?
I’m finally reading Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, and I have a feeling it won’t be on my nightstand for much longer, because I’m tearing right through it. I’ve also been spending time with Florence Welch’s Useless Magic, as I adore her music and it’s like getting a sneak peek into her creative brain. Next to be added to the pile will be Janet McNally’s The Looking Glass, which comes out in a few weeks. She’s an amazing writer (and a friend!), and I loved her first book, so I’m greedy to get my hands on this new one!
2. What author would you totally fan?
Jane Austen, without a doubt. Even though she wrote so long ago, I can feel a kindred spirit on the pages. You know how you read some books and you just know you’d be friends with the authors? Jane’s the queen of that feeling for me.
3. What makes you cringe?
Musicals! I know this is a really unpopular opinion, and I wish I was different, but for the most part, anytime anyone earnestly bursts into song, I just feel embarrassed. (Maybe it’s because I secretly wish I was that brave?)
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m in between. I think of each book like a road trip. I have an idea of where I want to start and what my final destination is, but I like to leave time and room to explore side roads along the way, while making sure I stay on the map.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
Consciously, I don’t want to use it, but subconsciously, my brain loves using the word “just.” I do word searches when I’m done drafting, and the amount of times it’s in any given document makes me cringe (another answer for #3!). On the same note, my agent pointed out that my characters chew on their lips a lot, and so that’s another phrase that my subconscious brain loves, loves, loves.
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