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by Margo Rabb

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 13th, 2007
ISBN: 0-385-73402-6
Publisher: Delacorte

When her mother dies unexpectedly, a teen seeks and eventually finds cures for her broken heart. Twelve days after her cancer diagnosis, Mia Pearlman’s mother dies, leaving Mia, her older sister Alex and their father bereft. During the funeral, 15-year-old Mia keeps thinking, “this could not be happening” and, in the following weeks, her life assumes a surreal quality. Mia starts dressing in her mother’s clothing, burns a memorial candle in her bedroom, devours books about orphans and chronically sleeps late, missing classes. Then, just three months later, Mia’s father suffers his second heart attack and undergoes bypass surgery while Mia and Alex face the possibility of life on their own. As the Pearlmans slog through their grief, Mia muses about her mother’s first love, is amazed when her father suddenly becomes engaged to another hospital patient and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Told in the first person with humor and tears, Mia’s voice is authentic, and her story of family tragedy and healing rings true. Touching and tender. (Fiction. YA)