Swank paints a poignant portrait of a girl suffering from survivor’s guilt. Readers will cry with Julia as she struggles with the dramatic turn her life has taken. A touching read that will stay with you.
A high school outcast, Julia Phillips can barely get out of bed each day, because the car she was driving ran off the road and killed her best friend, Monica. Then, Evan Whittaker takes an interest in her, but this Evan isn’t the one she has known for most of her life. He seems to be hiding something. Evan is frustrated; for every two steps forward with Julia, there are two steps back. Then, one night, he begs her to run away with him to a place where Monica is still alive. Julia agrees — until she discovers exactly where she’s running to. (DENISEGROVERSWANK.COM, 2011, 350 pp., $13.99, PB, ISBN: 9781466394575, PB, 12 & Up)