Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.
Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?
Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.
Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?-->
Amanda and Henry's likes and dislikes chart.
Things you didn't know about Alexis Bass.
- Soup is my favorite food—any flavor, any season.
- If I wasn’t a writer, I would love to be a paleontologist.
- My favorite class in college was The Art and Criticism of Dance, in which I was the only business major and got a front row seat to the choreographer power-abuse debate.
- My 3 year old golden retriever’s name is Dylan, named after 90210’s Dylan McKay, though my fiance will insist he was actually named after Bob Dylan (except: no).
- I lived in Seattle for five years and loved it—the rain, especially.
- When I was a teen, my favorite movies were Good Will Hunting, Romeo and Juliet (featuring Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes), Traffic, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Jurassic Park.
- I traveled to Paris this past spring, and for me the best part was early in the morning in front of the Louvre, when the dog walkers would let their dogs play off leash on the lawn.
Advice on how to forgive someone.
I’m not sure I can offer great advice on how to forgive someone since every situation is so different, but I can offer some of my favorite quotes about forgiveness, including a quote from What’s Broken Between Us. :)
“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
― Oscar Wilde
“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“When you forgive, you love.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“See, forgiveness doesn't happen all at once. It's not an event -- it's a process…It happens in the back of your mind, and then one day you realize that you don't hate the person anymore, that your anger has gone away somewhere. And you understand. You've forgiven them. You don't know how or why. It sneaked up on you. It happened in the small spaces between thoughts and in the seconds between ideas and blinks. That's where forgiveness happens. Because anger and hatred, when left unfed, bleed away like air from a punctured tire, over time and days and years. Forgiveness is stealth. At least, that's what I hope.”
― Barry Lyga, Boy Toy
“Generally after someone says I’m sorry, there’s an exchange in forgiveness. Or there’s closure, plain and simple. But we don’t always get that. We learn the hard way. We do the wrong thing. We pay for it. We regret. We cry. We try to make it up to people. We punish ourselves. We lose, again and again.”
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Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.
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