Daily Archives: March 30, 2012


Book description: After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.
Growing up, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Was it London’s fault?
Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

What can you say about an amazing book that has pretty much already been said. {just check out the starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly}

“Williams, as always, keeps her prose, this time arranged on the page as prose poems, sensitive, intelligent and completely absorbing. She slowly peels back the veils on London’s, her father’s and her mother’s psychology, eventually revealing the strong and the weak and, ultimately, how Zach died. The family she depicts are former missionaries, giving the book strong spiritual undertones that should appeal to religious as well as general audiences. Exceptional.” *STARRED review, Kirkus

“Exposing the heartbreak of a broken family, the complexities of denial, and the healing power of friendship, Lynch’s (Miles from Ordinary) writing is characteristically gritty but also inspirational as London challenges her mother’s misplaced anger and creates her own route to recovery.”—*STARRED review, Publishers Weekly

And here’s a review:”Thoroughly engaging, heartbreaking, with a taste of hope.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, a Newbery Honor Book

And another: “With a format and voice that will resonate with teens, Carol Lynch Williams offers a poignant story of strength and healing, all bound by the power of love and friendship. This is YA at its very best!”
—Daniel L. Darigan, Professor of Education, West Chester University.

It seems everyone knows how amazing this love story/ tragedy/ religious/ nonreligious novel is.
You can practically eat the grief right off the page.
In a horribly sad but amazing way.

When Mom started writing this novel {it seems like it took her about one hour to finish it} I knew people were gonna love it. It had the voice that was just so, I don’t know, but it was and is good.
The original title was called Sitting Next to Jesus, but of course, that had to be changed {for obvious reasons} but the book still has that line in there as London, the main character, thinks that she is falling in some sort of love with Jesus.

The novel is a quick but amazing read and I recommend it to everyone who isn’t offended easily. {I can imagine this book will probably make it on a banned book list or two}
It really does show how grief effects people during the worst of times.
It’s written beautifully {and I’m not just saying that} and without too many words, makes us fall in love with every character. { and it makes us hate them (I’m looking at London’s Mother)}

Great job, Mom. You’re still the best writer I know!! {and don’t know}

If any of you would advertise the conference SOMEWAY on their blog, book clubs, Facebook, or any other page… That would be amazing!
We still have spots that we want to fill with all you amazing soon-to-be-published-authors.
Any help is amazing help.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


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