Out of Nowhere

Out of Nowhere

by Rebecca Phillips


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At eleven years old, Riley Tate witnessed the sudden death of her father. Now, at sixteen, she still can't bring herself to step on "the spot"-the section of kitchen floor on which her father landed after collapsing from a brain aneurysm. For Riley, a borderline hypochondriac with anxiety issues, moving on seems impossible, taking risks is out of the question, and even the simplest things feel loaded with danger.

When she meets Cole Boyer in an ER waiting room, Riley realizes immediately that he's far from the safe, predictable boy she usually goes for. A fearless daredevil with mysterious scars and a thirst for all things dangerous, Cole is like an accident waiting to happen. Still, despite their differences, they forge an unlikely friendship that eventually blossoms into something more.

Dating someone who's so casual about death has its challenges, but as Riley soon learns, not everyone can be-or needs to be-saved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992075309
Publisher: Rebecca Phillips
Publication date: 08/24/2013
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she's not tapping away on her trusty Toshiba laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.

Rebecca is always writing something, even if it's just a grocery list. These days, she is hard at work on her next novel. You can find out more and connect with Rebecca on her website: www.rebeccawritesya.com

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Out of Nowhere 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that OUT OF NOWHERE by Rebecca Phillips is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
M_McRoberts More than 1 year ago
A free copy of this title was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I'd say this story is a solid 4 for me. The main character is likable, yet awkward and uncomfortable at times. She is easy to sympathize with and has none of the free-flowing confidence or sexuality or adorkableness that make so many heroines near and dear to the hearts of readers. She is painfully awkward at times and suffers from a very well-portrayed anxiety disorder. Some readers may not be able to relate to the main character, because they don't understand how the mind can take over the body during an anxiety attack or how a panic attack truly feels like a heart attack. However, for those readers who suffer or who have suffered with an anxiety disorder, the feelings and coping strategies and adapted social behaviors will be familiar. I took interest in the patience of her friends in dealing with her occasional neuroses. I loved them for their acceptance of her issues. The representation of Riley's relationships with her family members is good. It is realistic, mom doesn't just disappear (as is all too common in so many YA books) and they have a very real and well-illustrated relationship. The love story isn't insta-love! I love that. It was slow and steady; it isn't a torrent of lurid emotion in which the female loses herself in passions and changes all of her goals to accommodate the absorption of the male into her life. The main character retains her sense of self and considers her goals when making relationship choices. I enjoyed Out of Nowhere. The female lead is a strong role model for young women; even while exhibiting an anxiety disorder and learning to deal with loss and change, Riley learns how to be honest with herself and others in an attempt to heal. She also learns that she has trustworthy people in her life and that she doesn't have to heal all on her own. Contains kissing and a little petting, but as mentioned in the book, there was nothing past second base. Language is clean, for the most part. Riley does get angry once and drops the F-bomb, but that is the only curse word I remember.
beebeecald More than 1 year ago
This was such a refreshing story. Riley had been through some real issues and was definitely having trouble coping. In this story, we were able to follow on her path to coming to terms with things and moving on from the past. It was believable and well written. You are really able to fall into the character's world.  Riley is a hypochondriac ever since witnessing her father randomly die in the kitchen. She doesn't like people really knowing what happened since she feels they judge her. Having lost a parent, I can completely see why she feels that way. Of course she takes it a step further with her fear of getting sick/dying from random causes. She eventually learns to overcome that and starts taking steps in getting her life back. She was never really annoying (which is easy to do for teenage protagonists) and I did actually like her. She was pretty funny and she was super smart. She's a good character. Cole is awesome. Having experienced a near death experience, he rebels and starts taking risks. He is able to support Riley throughout their relationship and helps her overcome her issues. He's pretty funny and I did really like him. I liked pretty much everyone in this story. It was easy to follow their lives/stories without getting bored or annoyed. As I said before, I really enjoyed this story. I am definitely looking forward to more by this author. I did wish there was a bit more to the story and more about the characters, but that's only because I enjoyed them so much. Definitely a recommendation!