The Chance You Won't Return

The Chance You Won't Return

by Annie Cardi


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ISBN-13: 9780763662929
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 365,775
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Annie Cardi holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her short stories have appeared in the Georgetown Review, Vestal Review, and other publications. In 2011, PEN New England selected her as a winner of the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript that would become The Chance You Won’t Return, her debut novel. Annie Cardi lives near Boston with her husband and a portrait of a sea captain.

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The Chance You Won't Return 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tammienguyen More than 1 year ago
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feeling about this novel. I listened to this novel on a Playaway and I feel that this didn’t help with my rating of the novel as I felt that the voice of the main character Alex did not sound like a high school student but she sounded like a young child. This difference in voice was hard to justify as her actions and words just didn’t go with her voice. I also felt that Alex handled the situation of her mother’s mental illness poorly and I felt sorry for everyone in the novel as I believe they got cheated for many reasons. They got cheated out on having Alex in their life as she hid from them, they also got cheated out on being informed about mental illness as she tried to hide her mother from everyone, Alex tried to act as if everything was ok when in reality it wasn’t ok and they got cheated out on some wonderful memories with Alex and her family. Alex ditched her friends when her mom got ill as she was worried about what they might say or think about her and her family. Alex’s relationship with her family becomes stressed and Alex herself turns into a different person when her mother became ill, her whole life is changing and she doesn’t understand why her mom just cannot be her mom anymore. Alex wanted the world to see her family as if everything was still in balance but it wasn’t, her mother was now Amelia Earhart. She hid her mother, she tried hard to make things look okay but her mother was now a famous pilot. Alex needed her friends, she needed someone to talk to but she decided to hold all her feelings and thoughts inside her making the situation much more difficult. Meeting up with Jim, she finds a distraction as Jim teaches her some much needed driving skills. Jim and Alex hit it off and this relationship was the highlight of the novel for me. I started to wonder exactly what year this novel was created for I didn’t think the issue of mental illness would be such a difficult subject for high school students to address, especially with their friends. Alex just needed someone to talk to, anyone as she like a bubble ready to burst. Her mother, why she decided to be Amelia is a quest Alex tries to answer. The family is falling apart and their mother is planning her next solo flight, no thoughts of her children or the house they share together. I’m glad that the author addresses this issue and I am sure others will enjoy this novel but it just didn’t settle with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A Chance You Won't Return" is a captivating novel by Annie Cardi. The novel portrays a sixteen year old girl, named Alex Winchester, in high school just trying to pass her driving test. Everything in her home life was typical for a teenage girl; fighting with her mother and siblings, and dealing with uprising boy issues. Everything is fine until her mother is called into a parent meeting. Her mother freaks out at the sound of her name being used for this purpose. For the rest of the book, Alex's mom insists that she is a famous, historical female figure from the 1930s, forcing Alex to grow up fatser than she ever expected. She has to take care of her two siblings, Katy and Teddy, all the while taking care of herself. Along the way she must pass her driver's test and try and get over her fear of the road. She finds someone she never would had expected to help her learn to drive. Through Alex's lessons, she develops feelings for this unexpected teacher, and a relationship buds between them; all while keeping her mom's issues a secret. "A Chance You Won't Return" captures the strength of family in a time of hardship and insanity. In the begininng, it can be a little confusing if you do not pay close attention. But as you contiue to read this novel, the details fall into place. Through hardship, the Winchester family learns how to cope with the constant reminder that their mom is not who she used to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
won't waste ur money if u purchase!
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
I think my heart was in my throat for maybe 85% of this book. It just unflinchingly squeezes you and does not let you go. Not only is Alex's pain at effectively losing her mother practically tangible, but watching her father struggle so hard to be supportive and slowly lose it just destroyed me. (As someone who has a similar fear of driving, and still doesn't have a license, I quite appreciated that subplot, too.) I also adored the romance, and though I would've loved a little more development in the other relationships, that's a small detail that should in no way prevent anyone from buying, reading, and loving this beautiful, heartbreaking book. So, go forth and do that.