Life at the Speed of Us

Life at the Speed of Us

by Heather Sappenfield

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Silence is safe. Fate is not. When Sovern Briggs survives a car crash, she stops talking in order to seal in the memory of the final sounds of her mother’s life. As conflict with her father builds and failure in school looms, Sovern seeks relief in a dangerous boyfriend and in speed’s adrenaline edge. These needs collide, leading Sovern to a snowboarding accident that changes her future . . . and perhaps that of our universe. Life at the Speed of Us weaves dyslexia, math, cutting-edge science, genius, and love into a young woman’s reluctant journey toward grace.

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ISBN-13: 9780738748252
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 981,431
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Heather Sappenfield (Vail, CO) received an MFA from Pacific University. She has written for The Writer's Chronicle, Mountain Flyer Magazine, and Mountain House and Home. Her fiction has appeared in Meridian, Shenandoah, Limestone, and Tampa Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the St. Lawrence Book Award, the Doris Bakwin Prize, and the Flannery O'Connor Award.

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Life at the Speed of Us 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MJEvans More than 1 year ago
This is a very compelling novel about a teenage girl who struggles with the loss of her mother for which she blames herself. In a surprising twist, it develops into a time-travel, science fiction story based upon Quantum physics. I found that part really interesting. Fortunately, the author simplified the concepts. There is also a heavy dose of reincarnation, something I don't believe in but had fun reading about anyway. This is a book that will appeal to older teens. M.J. Evans, Author of "The Centaur Chronicles."
Agent_Jay007 More than 1 year ago
Would like to thank the Author who provided me with a Review Copy of this book for an honest review. For the record, I’m always honest in my reviews. Sometimes, brutally. Have to admit: this book was different. Not at all one of your mainstream YA novels. ”Time is so much more than one line. It moves from past to present to future, yes, but also in every direction imaginable. There are multiple universes, each with a past, present and future, and they all overlap. A constant living and changing thing.” This book is going to be with me for some time. I have always enjoyed books with strong protagonists but after reading this book realized that one doesn’t always have to be strong, you’ve got to be weak and break once (or twice) to know the difference and get back up. It also taught me a good lesson: after reading the blurb presumed it to be a classic boy-meets-girl scenario while rolling my eyes at a potential love triangle. Ha. Boy, was I wrong. Author shattered those assumptions with a Hulk Smash. It was rather based on Science, Physics and Maths! With references to Hawking’s, Einstein’s, Bohr’s works which was a bonus for me as I’d recently studied all about it. I absolutely loved this part! What’s interesting is that Sovern is a reluctant Math genius while being dyslexic, Sovern employs Math equations to construe her reality which is quite endearing sometimes. In the first few chapters, the writing was a bit choppy, some misplaced punctuations made it hard to read the sentences correctly which bugged me a lot in the beginning but strangely it evens out for the rest of the book. In hindsight, this is what elucidates the fact that the protagonist was not in her best shape and state of mind during that part. While Sovern is constantly on the path of self-destruction, not able to deal with her mother’s death, she experiences an epiphany. We see her self-destruction then see her lift out of it, constantly trying to make an effort to rise above the pain and grief which becomes so personal to the reader and I find myself cheering her on. Her worst fears, for which she even stopped speaking, unfurls again by her own hands in a cruel twist. I personally cannot imagine living with this amount of guilt that she does. Unknowingly, she sets off a chain reaction of destruction and this phrase which she uses more than often in the book was never more true. Me + anyone I love = disaster This book was complicated in many ways and yet so intricately beautiful.