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Five Feet Apart meets Tell Me Three Things in this YA contemporary novel about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything.
Abby needs to escape a life that she no longer recognizes as her own. Her old life--the one where she was a high school volleyball star with a textbook-perfect future--has been ripped away. Abby and her sister, Brooke, have received a letter from their estranged dad informing them he has Huntington's disease, a fatal, degenerative disorder that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. And when the sisters agree to genetic testing, one of them tests positive.
Fleeing to Catalina Island for the summer, Abby is relieved to be in a place where no one knows her tragic history. But when she meets aspiring documentary filmmaker Ben--tall, outdoorsy, easygoing, with eyes that don't miss a thing--she's thrown off her game. Ben's the kind of guy who loves to figure out people's stories. What if he learns hers?
About the Author
Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz met the first day of freshman year of college and have essentially shared a brain ever since. They've co-authored the YA thriller The Lost Causes and the contemporary YA series Georgetown Academy. The duo also work as screenwriters in both film and television. They were prompted to write this book by a Huntington's disease diagnosis within Jessica's extended family.
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"Give this layered romance to readers who wished for a happy ending to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars."--SLJ
"A classic romance story of love persisting despite darkness"--The Bulletin
“This story is entertaining and effortless, while also shining an important light on a rarely understood disease. To follow Abby’s journey after her life unravels as she tries to find her new normal, makes for an incredibly deep and captivating story that everyone will enjoy.”--actor Scott Porter (Ginny & Georgia, Lucifer, Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie)
"Coming from an HD family myself, I was amazed at how beautifully and accurately this book captures the painful and often lonely experience of learning that Huntington’s Disease is carried in your genes. This book is a must-read for anyone that’s ever experienced that “pit of doom” in their stomach while navigating life’s cruel curve balls. I couldn’t put it down once I started it!"--actress Kate Miner (Shameless)