Colby, star of the Willow High School football team, and Lauren, the new girl with a dark secret, both yearn to be seen for who they really are.
Colby’s best friend, Benny, has always been his greatest supporter, both on and off the field, but when a tragic motorcycle accident changes Benny’s life, Colby needs someone he can rely on. Lauren, struggling with her own personal tragedy, is the only one who seems to understand. Colby is obsessed with bridges. He sees them as a way to escape. Lauren, with dreams of becoming an ornithologist, envies a bird’s ability to fly away and be free. But as their friendship grows, each of their obsessions begins to change. For Colby, bridges become ways to connect; Lauren begins to appreciate a bird’s ability to nest. The narrative unspools through chapters told in the alternating voices of the two main characters. Colby’s chapters focus on a straightforward telling of the events, while Lauren’s chapters, a mix of poetry and prose, resonate with emotion. Familiar characters and a quiet plot are elevated by poetry that is as beautiful as it is varied.
Lovely in its details. (Fiction. 13-18)