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Author: Brody, Jessica
Publisher: Simon Pulse/ Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781481499187
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

The Chaos of Standing Still

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Popular novelist for teens and tweens, Jessica Brody, tells a moving story about friendship, healing from grief, and learning to move on when you are desperately holding on to the past. Shy eighteen-year-old Ryn is still struggling over the accidental death of her beautiful and wild best friend Lottie one year ago, when she is grounded in the Denver Airport during a blizzard. Chaos ensues when she is befriended by the energetic and humorous Xander as they begin a 24-hour tumultuous emotional journey, filled with many adventures while stranded on New Year’s Eve. Unique and quirky side characters like Siri, the barista, who plans a bizarre party, and teen genius Troy, who investigates an Illuminate conspiracy, add dimension, growth and humor to the swift-moving plot. Two timelines emerge with Ryn having flashbacks to life with Lottie, hearing her advice as she deals with the present, coping with survivor’s guilt and finding love in unexpected places. Teenage readers will connect with this troubled heroine in a hopeful novel that would generate interesting discussion in a book club.

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