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Lurlene McDaniel is known for bringing tears to the eyes of her faithful readers. Her expertise lies in the teen drama, covering issues from love to death and everything in between. Here the author once again tells a compelling story of one girl's struggle to face life in the midst of loss and pain.
Trisha Thompson and her best friend, Christina, are as close as sisters. Their senior year of high school is spent preparing for college and hanging out with their boyfriends. But as the four teens are en route to a game one night, Tucker, Christina's boyfriend, hits a patch of black ice and crashes the car. Trisha is injured, Cody is in a coma, and Christina dies. Overnight, Trisha's life has changed. Worst of all, the cause of the accident comes into question -- that night, Tucker's car had been approached by another vehicle full of kids who were looking to fool around. Did Tucker attempt to play their game and lose control of the car in the process? Or was it a truly unavoidable accident? Trisha must face the reality of losing her best friend and come to grips with the uncertainty. A glimmer of hope appears when Cody comes out of his coma. But Trisha's much-anticipated reunion with her love is plagued by one thing -- Cody doesn't remember her.
While the subject matter is serious, McDaniel shows readers all the good in our lives. From remembering those we have lost to looking to the future with those we love, we must hold tight to what we have. Trisha and Christina's relationship will also resonate with teens, as will the close bond between Trisha and Cody, even in the midst of his amnesia. This heartening story about survival and love will not disappoint McDaniel's legions of fans. (Amy Barkat)