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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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User Review  - jenniferthomp75 - LibraryThing

I will start by acknowledging my love of all things Koertge. He is one of my favorite YA authors and I always enjoy his books. This one was no exception. He manages to combine wittiness and poignancy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

I liked the actual plot of this story. However, I feel that there were too many random characters that didn't need to be there. It felt cluttered. 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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