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How She Died, How I Lived

Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
3.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Girl in Pieces meets The Way I Used to Be in this poignant and thought-provoking novel about a girl who must overcome her survivor's guilt after a fellow classmate is brutally murdered.

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie - beautiful, saintly Jamie - was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie's boyfriend - knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?

©2018 Mary Crockett (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The narrative voice is highly credible as it canvasses the fluctuating range of emotional highs and lows, the sine curve of fear and empowerment, and the fully realized ethical dilemmas that follow a trauma that hits far too close to home." (BCCB)

"Crockett has crafted dynamic characters that will stick with readers long after the book is closed." (Booklist)

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