Counting Back from Nine

By SHERRARD, Valerie

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ISBN
978-1-55455-245-0
Publisher
Fitzhenry & Whiteside


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 6–10—Laren finds her friend status on Facebook gone from "Best Friend to Unfriend./Discarded in a single click" when she falls for her best friend's boyfriend. Scott is emotionally unresponsive; his interests are hockey and the next girlfriend, while Laren's father is her safety net. When he has a fatal accident, the hidden truths about his life gradually surface. When "what cannot be/crashes into what is," Laren experiences grief, anger, shame, and a deep sense of alienation from everyth...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2012

This novel in verse begins "when IT began": the dissolution of Laren's closest friendships after she steals her friend's boyfriend, Scott. The adjustment process isn't easy for Laren, and things get worse when her father is hurt in a car accident and unexpectedly dies from complications -- then worse still "when what cannot be / crashes into what is" and devastating secrets about his life are revealed. The road to healing is a difficult...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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