For Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat growing up around the world, home is never where you left it. When she learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood, she faces her abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, racing to experience life before it ends.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 – Best Fiction
"I'm still marveling at what an impressive and enjoyable book this is, and I'm looking forward to reading anything by Grindstaff that I can get my hands on. ...most highly recommended." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
Carrie accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother. She races to graduate high school at age fifteen, and makes college her marker of adulthood, when she can smoke in public and order dessert before dinner. She tosses out her adolescent wedding scrapbook for a funeral plan. A teenage crush on Paul, a family friend and a widower seventeen years her senior, develops into a fantasy that takes on a life of its own.
As she outlives the original prognosis into her early twenties, Carrie's frantic desire to experience life before it ends spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse. Her grandmother's wisdom points her toward acceptance, but first she must break through her walls before she can give the gift of 'til-death-do-us-part.
"The ending was not what I expected, and I put the book down still in tears. This is a beautiful book and I can't recommend it highly enough. Any book that has me laughing out loud one minute and in tears the next (on public transportation no less!) is a must read." ~ Tamra Reynolds
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the unique voice and soul of a girl facing extraordinary circumstances, this one struggling with the almost unthinkable at such a young age—her own mortality. [DRM-Free]
Books by Robb Grindstaff:
- "Carry Me Away"
- "Hannah's Voice"
- "Turning Trixie" (Coming Soon)
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About the Author
In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, Robb Grindstaff has written fiction most of his life. The newspaper biz has taken him and his family from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, he’s as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas.
The variety of places he’s lived and visited serve as settings for the characters who invade his head.
His novels are probably best classified as contemporary southern lit, and he’s had more than a dozen short stories published in a wide array of genres. His articles on the craft of fiction writing have appeared in various writer magazines and websites, and one of his seminars was presented at the Sydney (Australia) Writers Festival. He also has taught writing courses for the Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, and Savvy Authors.
Robb retired from the newspaper business in the summer of 2020 to write and edit fiction full time.