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"Recommend it to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay." —Library JournalShe Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory...When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she...
"Recommend it to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay." —Library JournalShe Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory...When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she...
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  • "Recommend it to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay." —Library Journal

    She Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory...

    When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.

    Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

    What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...

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    Chapter One

    I'm sitting next to the fire alarm, and my best friend is going down in flames. Irony or divine intervention? I can practically feel the metal handle under my fingers. It might as well be whispering my name.

    Tempting. One strategic arm stretch and I could send this whole school into an evacuation frenzy.

    I could end Maggie's nightmare right now.

    At the front of the classroom, she swallows hard. She is as pale and shaky as the paper in her hands.

    "The social p-pressures and isolation encountered b-by male n-n-"

    I can't let her suffer like this.

    Maggie shakes her head and tries to shrug it off with a sheepish grin. "S-sorry."

    "It's all right," Mrs. Corwin says, playing with the cat pendant around her neck. "There's no reason to be scared."

    She thinks stuttering is a fear problem? Aren't teachers supposed to know about speech issues and all that crap? Then again, what can I expect from a woman who has professionally framed pictures of her beloved Siamese, Mr. Whiskers, on her desk?

    Maggie takes a breath. "The p-pressures and isolation encountered by male n-nurses in a predominantly f-female occupation is a compelling argument f-f-f-" She trails off, going crimson.

    Someone snickers from the front.

    "Go on, Maggie," Mrs. Corwin says. Again.

    I'm going to do it.

    Beside me, Blake Tanner shifts in his chair. I know this partly because I have good peripheral vision, but mostly because I have freakishly sensitive Blake radar. I hesitate, breathing in the clean hint of his cologne, watching him softly drum a thumb on his desktop.

    My face goes hot. I can't do this with him sitting here. I'm completely invisible to this guy. And now I'm finally going to get his attention by, what? By pulling a fire alarm? Yes, I'm sure that will send a great message. To the guy who's been on the student council since the eighth grade.

    Maggie tosses her hair back, forging on. "It's a compelling argument f-for s-s-sexism against men. In most modern contexts, concerns about s-s-s-s-"

    Maggie goes pink and then red. Tyler and Shannon laugh in the back, and my eyes start to well up. Screw it. I can't sit here for one more second of one more minute.

    I sink down as far as I can in my chair and start sliding my arm back along the wall. I reach up, but I'm grasping blind. It kind of hurts. I touch something cool and metal. Bingo. Two seconds and this misery is over.

    Blake clears his throat and I bite my lip. Is he watching me?

    What's wrong with me? Of course he's not watching me. I'm invisible.

    I turn my head because I'm sure I feel someone's eyes on me. I do.

    Adam Reed. He's slouched low in his seat, his dark hair in desperate need of the business end of a pair of scissors.

    Adam arches one of his brows at me. The half smile on his lips asks me what I'm waiting for. I don't really have an answer, so I curl my fingers over the alarm handle and pull hard. And then I kiss my detention-free junior year good-bye.

    ***

    Maggie is waiting outside the principal's office. She's got a couple of notebooks clutched in her arms and a pencil securing her strawberry blond waves into a bun.

    The office door is barely closed when she starts in on me. "What were you thinking? You c-could have been expelled."

    I sling my backpack over my shoulder and offer our school secretary, Mrs. Love, a wave. Maggie takes the cue and...

About the Author-

  • After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. This is her second novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at nataliedrichards.com.

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 23, 2013
    Richards debuts with an intense psychological mystery about a high school senior who cannot remember the previous six months of her life or reconcile who she was then with who she is now. What’s changed? She has (somehow) aced her SATs and is on track to a top college, she has an inexplicable bruise on her head, and her best friend Maggie won’t speak to her anymore. All told, Chloe is beginning to worry that she’s going crazy. But the worst part is that Chloe is increasingly repulsed by her gorgeous former crush Blake—who is apparently now her boyfriend—and attracted to bad boy Adam. Whenever Chloe touches Adam, she has flashes of memory that lead her to confront her cagey therapist and investigate a fellow student’s sudden move across the country. Richards constructs Chloe’s fear, paranoia, and scheming with great care. Her novel has the feel of a high-stakes poker game in which every player has something to hide, and the cards are held until the very end. Ages 13–up. Agent: Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency.

  • Girls' Life "An intriguing new book loaded with suspense. The shocking reasons behind Chloe's transformation will keep you guessing until the very end, culminating in a stunning truth. So what really happened in those six months? You'll just have to pick up this incredible book to find out for yourself."
  • Publishers Weekly "An intense psychological mystery . . . Richards constructs Chloe's fear, paranoia, and scheming with great care. Her novel has the feel of a high-stakes poker game in which every player has something to hide, and the cards are held until the very end."
  • RT Book Reviews, 4 stars "Confusion and a desperate search for answers drive the action in this captivating thriller . . . As the mystery builds, so do the stakes and the romantic tension."
  • School Library Journal "The story is well paced and beautifully written, with fully developed characters teens can easily relate to. This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. "
  • Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and Thousand Words "Filled with tension and heart-in-your-throat suspense that kept me guessing to the very end. I predict readers will want more and more from her. I know I do!"

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