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464 pages, Hardcover
First published April 24, 2012
"I let go of a breath I didn't know I was holding"
"My goal is always going to be to get home." Home. For him, it's a place I don't belong.
Ten days ago, I should have died. But I didn't. I'm alive. I have so much to live for. And this time I'm going to do it right.
He remembers everything about me - details I wouldn't have even remembered about those moments - and the way I looked through his eyes...
The end of the world is coming. In 24 days.
Stop the Countdown - Save the world.
"But I'm not most girls."You know who says that? MOST GIRLS. It's one thing to say that when you're dealing with some guy who, while dragging his knuckles on the ground, grunts, "You're not like most girls I know." Then, okay, "I'm not most girls" is a decent answer. A better answer is, "It is dismaying that your expectations are based on the performance of a lesser primate."* The best answer is, of course, "Fuck you!"** J, however, makes her declaration apropos of nothing and revisits this special view of herself throughout the book. Norris even gets the other characters in on it.
"Any girl on this campus would forgive you, but--"Oh. Le sigh of the only girl in the world. J's otherwise likable character was undermined by her constant comparisons to what "most girls" would do, but not her.
Nick looks away. "But you're not any girl, are you?"
I sigh. "No, I'm not, and I just don't think this is working for me."