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Candlewick Press, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 212 pages
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Ron Koertge's spot-on repartee highlights the wry, poignant tale of a teen who is numbed by loss but finds an unusual route to reclaiming his life.

Listening to music 24/7. Hanging out with his slacker-stoner friend, Andy. Basically, Ryan's been sleepwalking through life since his younger sister died of cancer two years ago. But when Charlotte Silano — a gorgeous, popular senior way out of his league — has a riding accident and falls into a coma, Ryan finds himself drawn to her hospital room almost every day, long after her friends stop coming around. And oddly enough, Ryan seems to be slowly snapping out of his own brand of coma — working out at the gym, adopting a cool vintage hat, even easing into a relationship with Betty, a classmate who has her own reasons for visiting Charlotte. With his incisive humor and quick-fire repartee, Ron Koertge explores the unpredictable workings of grief and the healing power of self-reinvention.

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This book is about a boy who has lost his little sister and how this has effected his life. There is a very positive message and it is a quick read. Read full review


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A tender, thought-provoking story takes a teen from the depths of despair to happiness. Sixteen-year-old Ryan Glazier's heart broke when his little sister died of cancer two years ago. While his ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including STRAYS, MARGAUX WITH AN X, STONER AND SPAZ, THE ARIZONA KID, WHERE THE KISSING NEVER STOPS, SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP, and THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

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