A RITA Award finalist, Best First Book.
Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.
Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.
As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mimi Cross was born in Toronto, Canada. She received a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College. She has been a performer, a music educator, and a yoga instructor. During the course of her musical career, she’s shared the bill with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sting. She resides in New Jersey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Written with sensitivity and intelligence, this book would be wonderful for teens and young adults--this in spite of some serious issues (which are no worse than what's all over the news and television.) I, as a mother of teens, found it insightful and poignant. Some of the troubling, even alarming parts might very well help young people who must wend their ways through a dangerous and difficult world today. There was also a quiet suspense to the story as i tried to imagine what was going to happen to the characters.My interest didn't flag as the young people involved often seemed like those I know. I recommend this somewhat sad, but hopeful and sweet story.
Cate Reese, high school classical musician, finds herself in love with her childhood friend, wunderkind guitarist Cal Woods. Just as they both realize this new relationship, tragedy strikes and Cal is gone. Popular boy, David Bennet. has ghosts of his own. The collision of Cate and David's lives lies at the heart of this poetically written, wrenching story. Young love, drugs, regret, family dynamics....This story takes on a so much that will resonate with teen and older readers, and does it well. Throughout, there is MUSIC. As someone who spends every summer on the fringes of a classical music festival filled with young people, this narrative seemed oh so true to life. As a public school teacher, I cheered Cate and David's struggles to grow up and become their most authentic selves. I will be sure to place this book in the hands of my more mature readers. It is both a cautionary tale and a story of triumph. Mimi Cross can write!
Happy to stumble across BEFORE GOODBYE and find David, a guy I could really relate to. This isn't just Cate's story.