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on sale date: 09-03-2013
AGES 14+ • Grades 9+

FORMAT: HARDCOVER
TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25
PAGE COUNT: 256
ISBN: 978-1-61620-260-6
LIST PRICE: $16.95

on sale date: 09-03-2013
AGES 14+ • Grades 9+

FORMAT: EBOOK
PAGE COUNT: 256
ISBN: 978-1-61620-313-9
LIST PRICE: $16.99

Overview

Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You.

SUTHY has landed me here in this hospice, where we—that’s me and Sylvie—are the only people under 30 in the whole place, sweartogod. But I’m not dead yet. I still need to keep things interesting. Sylvie, too. I mean, we’re kids, hospice-hostages or not. We freak out visitors; I get my uncle to sneak me out for one insane Halloween night. Stuff like that. And Sylvie wants to make things even more interesting. That girl’s got big plans.

Only Sylvie’s father is so nuclear-blasted by what’s happened to his little girl, he glows orange, I swear. That’s one scary man, and he’s not real fond of me. So we got a major family feud going on, right here in hospice. DO NOT CROSS line running down the middle of the hall, me on one side, her on the other. It’s crazy.

In the middle of all of this, really, there’s just me and Sylvie, a guy and a girl. And we want to live, in our way, by our own rules, in whatever time we’ve got. We will pack in some living before we go, trust me.

A Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen Fiction 2013 Pick

Praise

"Even in hospice, a lot can happen in a short time . . . Being near death doesn't mean abandoning hope for the life that remains."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember. . . .  A fresh, inspiring story."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Here are some things Hollis Seamon knows: Life, for one, and the end of life, and how they are always partners. She knows what's sad, and she knows what's funny. And she knows what people need, and how it feels to be someone who worries he might not get to experience life fully before he goes. Knowing all that—and being able to write about it so simply, and beautifully, with such a lack of sentimentality—is already enough for one writer. That she is able to take this knowledge and, with it, inhabit a character—Richard, 17, in a hospice, paradoxically and wonderfully alive—is a kind of miracle.  "
- Richard Kramer, author of These Things Happen

Meet the Author

Hollis_Seamon_thumb Photo Credit: Teresa Rieder Photography

Caring for her own young son, author Hollis Seamon spent years visiting a children’s hospital, fascinated and touched by the young people she met there, who remained teenagers no matter how ill they were. This is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Kinderhook, New York. 

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