A teenage girl and the boy she has a crush on appear to be the only survivors of a plane crash and must figure how to cope with tragedy’s aftermath.
Elyse Schmidt, a white teen, and her classmates were returning from a band festival in Paris. The trip was not as wonderful as Elyse had hoped it would be. She got sick from wine, didn’t perform well, and got into a fight with her best friend, Kath, an African-American girl. On the flight home, she is seated beside her crush, Josh Harris, an African-American boy she draws dreamy comics about. After the cataclysmic plane crash and long recovery period, both Elyse’s and Josh’s families move from California to Wyoming in an effort to start over and escape the public eye. Gradually, all the things Elyse has ever imagined are coming true, the most important being a relationship with Josh. Before the crash brought them together, Elyse could only speculate what it would be like to have him as her boyfriend; once it occurs, she is truly happy. As the days go on, memories of life before the crash flood her mind, merging with the present until the shocking reveal at the end. This is a complicated story that explores unfulfilled dreams and ideas of what might have been.
Well-written and emotionally resonant, this is an unusual and poignant story. (Fiction. 14-18)