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Publisher's Summary

Tommy Wallach, the New York Times best-selling author of the "stunning debut" (Kirkus Reviews) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

"Was this story written about me?"

I shrugged.

"Yes or no?"

I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.

"It's very rude not to answer simple questions," she said.

I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn't give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.

I can't, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don't you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn't spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he'll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.

©2016 Tommy Wallach (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Thanks For The Trouble

This is a profound young adult novel, about the magic that is concocted when two individuals meant to impact each other finally collide. The enlightening transformations of perspective and self that occur when interacting with a spiritually aligned friend who understands you without explanation and interacts with you perfectly without direction. These rare and precious relationships are often serendipitous and short, which is the case for the two main characters, the effect of them though lasts a lifetime. Something manifested can never return to its prior state of being, as in physics energy is never eradicated but transfered.

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An unexpected story.

Really makes you think about your own life in a different perspective. Not the best story ever, but definitely worth the time/money.

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New and magical

Beautiful, fun and magical. Love the narrator and found myself chuckling and even tearing up. I have great affection for this book.

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Not what I expected

Short story: Wow what a story.

Now the details: I don't even know where to begin to review this story. It was amazing. Frustrating. Hopeful. Sad. Funny. Real - or was it? What I mean by the last one is the ending! But I can't comment much because I don't want to give things away. All I know is that I adored it way more than I ever expected it to. I grew to really really like Parker. I felt for him. The story was more complicated and complex than I ever thought it would be. So many times while listening I had to make myself leave the car. (I only listen in the car) I just wanted to know more, and why and how. I questioned things - could I believe Parker? Could I believe Zelda? Where is this story going? The whole package was great. I'm so glad I picked it up and listened to it. It has really stuck with me.

Thoughts on the audiobook: I LOVED the narrator. He did such a great job. I loved his accent because it made Parker come to life even more. He just did a wonderful job. I hope to find more books he has narrated.

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  • 09-18-16

Fantastic book!

Wow, I loved this book!! Touching story, great imagery, and some little life lesson gems hidden within it.