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"You never know where we'll end up. There's so much possibility in life, you know?" Hallie said. Sean Norwhalt can read between the lines. He knows Hallie's just dumped him. He was a perfectly good summer boyfriend, but now she's off to college, and he's still got another year to go. Her pep talk about futures and "possibilities" isn't exactly comforting. Sean's pretty sure he's seen his future and its "possibilities," and they all look DISPOSABLE. Like the crappy rental his family moved into when his dad left. Like all the unwanted filthy old clothes he stuffs into the rag baler at his thrift-store job. Like everything good he's ever known. The only hopeful possibilities in Sean's life are the Marine Corps, where no one expected he'd go, and Neecie Albertson, whom he never expected to care about. Carrie Mesrobian follows her critically acclaimed debut, Sex & Violence, with another powerful and wrenching portrait of a teenage boy on the precipice of the new American future.
About the Author
Carrie Mesrobian is an instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her debut novel, Sex & Violence, was called one of the best books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the American Library Association's William C. Morris Award for best debut young adult novel. A native Minnesotan, she lives with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars When Sean went to that party, he wasn’t expecting to hook up with the likes of Hallie. Not pretty Hallie. It was an accident which started with a Frisbee, moved along rather quickly and soon they were a couple. Hallie got under my skin right away with her bossy attitude but I figured that had to do with her senior attitude and the dominance she felt among her friends. I hoped as their relationship developed things would calm down but I was in for a rude awaking. This was Sean’s first girlfriend but this romance was going to be short-lived as Hallie was going away to college in a few months. This relationship had me tucked so tight inside this book; I just didn’t understand the meaning of it. I was finally able to breathe the night Hallie breaks up with Sean, she’s leaving tomorrow for college, I just wonder how long she rehearsed it or if she even cared about Sean’s feelings. Her speech went on forever taking about the many opportunities they would have, she wants him to have his freedom, their lives are changing, they’re more than friends, etc,” Give it up girl, I can’t take it longer and neither could he, “Look at me, okay? So we’re done, then. This is it.” But it’s not, when she comes back into town for visits, guess who she calls? Yes, Sean and I’m cringing every time he answers! Hang on people, Sean and Hallie are not over. Its Sean’s relationship with Neecie that I hoped developed into something. He works with Neecie at The Thrift Bin. Sean’s stories of working there are amusing, the treasures that people drop-off and the individuals he works with make the job entertaining. Overhearing a conversation Neecie has on her cell phone, has brought these two individuals together. They have more in-common than they thought and a great friendship emerges in which they can be normal without any expectations. As everyone makes plans after high school, Sean wants to join the Marines but his decision must be kept quiet. I found myself crying as Brad’s brother makes his speech at his wedding, this brother who was so hard and so controlling found a moment to find some good in Sean. I read those stories on the internet about people saying thank you or standing up out of respect for our service men but when I read how Sean was treated because of his commitment, the tears started to flow; now Sean can be a part of that. Everyone says your last year of high school you should live it up; I think Sean is finally learning about living his own life. I received a complimentary e-book from NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.