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By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2011-11-06
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 77 Ratings

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Includes the short story “Once in a Lifetime.”

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.


  • Sweet and Engrossing YA story

    By speed reader 71
    This is my first YA novel, and while I’m many years removed from my late teens, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I wish there was a book like this one when I was in high school in the late ‘80’s! It’s so good that I have purchased the second in the series! Can’t wait to see how it all ends!
  • Here

    By Cris2306
    This book had me hooked within the first couple of chapters. It made me want more. Not a lot of books can do that absolutely loved it can’t wait to read the next one
  • DGS does YAF

    By grooviemomma
    Another great read from one of my favorite modern authors. You don't need to be a teen to appreciate the deep emotions of these characters. The parallel universe is just dystopian enough to challenge your thinking while just the right touch of romance balances it out. Looking forward to reading book two!
  • Genius!!

    By Bri Kallstrom
    I absolutely adore this book, Denise has a way of capturing the reader I could barely put down this book. The characters are so well thought out and really appeal to the readers. Yet another amazing book from Denise Grover swank!!
  • A different type of story

    By Tess425
    This is a great read! After reading description on the back I wasn't sure if I was going to like this series. As always Denise surprised me in the journey this book takes. Half way through the book I was deeply hooked and trying to read it faster so I learn what happens in the end. I hope you give it a try too!
  • The Genre Crossing Queen

    By Jamieelizabeth77
    Some authors find switching genres difficult. However, Denise delivered a YA novel as if she's been writing them all along. I've spent so much time bragging on her work to my son, and I can't wait for him to read this so we can discuss it. Talking about books is a commonality we have always shared, and my admiration for Denise's work has made him want to read something of hers. Julia is a fabulous character heartbroken by the loss of her best friend after a tragic car wreck. Survivors guilt leaves her barely functioning until the most popular boy in school notices her despite her attempts to be invisible. What follows is a whirlwind of confusion and parallel worlds. If she travels there she can escape the mess her life has become … or can she?