Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.
Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?
A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison. Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.
A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers.
“Rather than placing judgments, Bass focuses on her characters’ emotional scars and strained relationships as they quietly grieve lost life and innocence.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“This well-done realistic novel presents an honest look at the aftermath of bad decisions. VERDICT: Hand this to fans of Lurlene McDaniel and Simone Elkeles; purchase where realistic YA fiction is in demand.” – School Library Journal
“There is no “problem of the week” movie ending, reconciliation, or redemption, but life asserts itself and change occurs…it is, in varying degrees, what many students are trying to navigate. Readers who gravitate towards more somber realistic fiction will enjoy traveling Amanda’s road with her.” – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)