Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 416

Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.

Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.

No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.

Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.

In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship with help from the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.



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“Touching on weighty issues, including sexual harassment, religious crises, friendship, and taboo love, Stone writes a thought-provoking novel that challenges conventional ideas. With well-developed detail, the characters have realistic vulnerabilities and experience profound transformations that lead them to look at the world differently.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“These characters are clearheaded and sympathetic, and the narrative avoids typecasting them or straying into melodrama. A life-affirming story of friendship, love, and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A twist of fate brings two former best friends back into each others’ lives… Stone’s latest is her finest work yet.” Book Report, Kirkus

“Stone picks carefully through all the emotional threads of faith, denial, and betrayal.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“There are a number of interesting story lines that respectfully twist around the issue of religious faith… [and] believable characters, individually strong and yet mourning the loss of an integral relationship.” — Booklist

“A sharp, affirming look at the boundaries of faith, the resilience of families, and all of the imperfect ways that we love one another. Through Hannah and Emory, Tamara Ireland Stone has created a beautiful testament to friendship and the intricate patterns we weave throughout each other’s lives.” — Robin Benway, National Book Award winner and New York Times-bestselling author of Far From the Tree

“A gorgeously written and incredibly moving story of faith, love, and friendship. This book broke my heart and I loved every minute of it.” — Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything

“A beautiful, affecting novel. The sense of two forever-best friends, the shocking event that drives them apart, kept me reading and hoping they could find their way back to each other. With compassion and wisdom, Tamara Ireland Stone writes compellingly about the power of friendship, of love.” — Luanne Rice, New York Times best-selling author

“A compulsively readable romance which follows three characters grappling with their world views in a time of crisis. A true moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.” — Justine Magazine


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