Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis via Goodreads:
Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.
Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.
As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.
About the Author
Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT OF REACH. She lives in Los Angeles with her family but is originally from Albany, New York.
On food: I don’t let my food touch. I eat one thing at a time. Indian food can be a challenge. Right now I’m embracing a vegetarian phase. Watch Forks over Knives. You’ll understand.
Some books (note, this changes all the time): The Road—a master at work, The Book Thief—for the Jesse Owens incident alone, The Hours because it saved me at a time when I needed saving, Perks of Being a Wallflower—because he gets it, Ender’s Game—didn’t see it coming, Speak—I couldn’t keep it on my shelf in school, The Giver—wonderful, The Martian Chronicles—anything by Ray Bradbury, The Passage—a new one for fun that I got totally swept up in, The Shawl—the potential of writing and story.
Books on Writing/Creativity: If You Want to Write—hands down the best, The War of Art—when you need a good butt kicking, Walking on Water—deep, thought provoking, for when I wished I wrote in the mountains, next to a stream of trickling water
Best Ice cream: Thrifty’s Chocolate Malted Crunch. Only the Thrifty brand.
On coffee: Coffee is not a shake. It should be black with a tiny hint of cream. No sugar, please.
My community: I attend Mosaic, a wonderful community of faith in Los Angeles. I have learned a great deal through my friends there and consider them family.
I am a dancer in my fantasy life. Every now and then when you think I’m listening to you, a dance battle is happening in my head, where I am killing it on the floor.
On the small white lie I’ve been telling for years: I’m really only 5’1¾,” but I tell everyone I’m 5’2”.
Sometimes I let my kids watch more than the hour of TV I tell other moms I only let them watch. Sometimes.
On computers: PC or Mac? Mac of course
I’m allergic to everything, which is why I don’t have pets and why I won’t walk in a Bath and Body Works store.
On high school: I always think of this quote from Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the end of season three, when they’ve just destroyed the Mayor and saved the world, again.
Oz: We survived.
Buffy: It was one hell of a battle.
Oz: Not the battle. High School.
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