Mayday

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Why’d I do it? I suppose it’s the only question that really matters.

Seventeen-year-old Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. First, she won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t exactly as clear-cut as she ...

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Overview

Why’d I do it? I suppose it’s the only question that really matters.

Seventeen-year-old Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. First, she won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t exactly as clear-cut as she remembered.

Powerful and hard-hitting, this is a compelling story about what it means to live your life—for your own sake—from an award-winning author.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Richard Vigdor
Her parents and teachers view her as a problem child, prone to causing trouble, always creating chaos. Coraline “Crow” Raine does not care what others think of her poor test grades, sleep-deprived red eyes, and all-black outfits. She only has one priority in her life: to keep her sister, Addy, safe. After Crow’s parents divorced, her mother let a new man into all of their lives—Crow calls him “The Monster”—a pedophile who will not admit to his horrible desires. Crow loses herself in her mission to save Addy and loses her life in the process. As her body rests in a coma at the local hospital, her soul is given a second chance, taking the reader on a journey of self-reflection, soul searching, and repentance. Friesen’s writing is captivating—but even great writing can have trouble with such a strange concept. Crow’s soul interacting and inhabiting multiple bodies is, at times, difficult to follow. Each time Crow takes on a new form, the character does not always fit into the story line, creating a disjointed feeling for the reader. Friesen gracefully touches upon sexuality through the eyes of multiple genders and subtly tackles the very difficult subject of child rape. The story begs the reader to question the connection between past decisions and future events. Reviewer: Richard Vigdor; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-05
Even as her own soul hovers in the "middle" space, her body barely clinging to life in a hospital room, 18-year-old Crow's thoughts are consumed with protecting her sister. When given the chance to go on a "walkabout"—an opportunity to revisit her life and make things right—Crow learns that there may have been another side to the people and events that defined her. The only catch is that she must return as someone other than herself. It's an interesting-enough premise, and the first half of the book will likely live up to readers' expectations. A skillfully crafted and strikingly bleak Minnesota is the perfect backdrop for Crow's desperate attempts to save her sister from their stepfather's lascivious eye. Their mother's unwillingness to acknowledge this potential threat is both maddening and chillingly believable. Unfortunately, the second half of the novel falls disappointingly short. Here, Crow's gender-bending return to her past as a young man muddies the waters and distracts from the plot, as does a disturbing side story about Crow's relationship with her friend Basil. Frequent references to Crow's passion for philosophy are not followed through in the text, and Crow's obsession with protecting her sister never allows adequate room for Crow to truly discover herself. An uneven read that ultimately misses its mark. (Fantasy. 14-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412299
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/10/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 789,070
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Friesen is the author of a number of books for young readers, including the Schneider Family Book Award-winning Jerk, California and Rush. He lives with his family in Mora, Minnesota.

Connect with Jonathan online at www.jonathanfriesen.com and on Twitter @FriesenJonathan.

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