After a YouTube video catapults her to viral fame, a girl must decide whether to stay in her small town with her first love or move on.
On the cusp of high school graduation, white Northern California teen Audrey Nelson has secured a place at local Whedon College. However, unlike her academia-obsessed parents, Audrey just wants to get out of school and start her life. She finds a job in a retirement home, where she quickly discovers that she has a knack for the work. And there she meets Seth O’Malley, a white boy who works the same shift. The two instantly click. But something happens at the Fourth of July beach party: Seth’s ex-girlfriend, Japanese-American Cameron Suzuki, goes into cardiac arrest, and Audrey performs CPR, saving her life. Someone films the incident, and when it goes viral, reporters begin to hound Audrey. Suddenly she has new opportunities knocking on her door, just as her love for Seth begins to burgeon. She must decide whether to stay with him or get out of town and fulfill her dreams. Audrey is impulsive and she loves as hard as she works, and Seth will leave readers swooning. The rest of Audrey’s life—her family drama and long nights at work—are painted equally vividly.
A heady romance elevated by a cast of memorable, realistic characters. (Fiction. 14-18)