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Four Three Two One

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In this contemporary YA novel, a girl reunites with the three other survivors of a bus bombing that killed nineteen people, and together they face the secrets, struggles, and emotional warfare that each has been enduring.

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was R
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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I haven't been so enamored with a book in quite some time. This was such a freaking amazing book, and one I hadn't expected to hit me as hard as it did. And truth be told, I don't think that anything I can say will fully do it justice. Have you ever read a book and it just exuded a certain feeling? Drew you in, made you fall in love with the whole damn thing? Well, that's where we are he
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take an author who is excellent at writing powerful stories about heartbreaking situations. Add a plot line about a bombing, abusive relationships, recovery journeys and the power of human togetherness. Drop in five character: four survivors and one along for the ride. Stir together and shake a little. With that recipe it’s no wonder that Four Three Two One is an incredibly powerful and emotive story of surviving, overcoming insurmountable odds, and forgiving yourself.

Golden Jennings is one of
3.5 stars. This was very emotional and will definitely impact readers, but I also had some issues (pacing, plotting, trying to fit too much into one story) that lessened my overall rating. However, I’d still recommend it, especially if you enjoyed Dress Codes for Small Towns.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arcs, ya, contemporary
Go, Chan, Caroline, and Rudy all lost something that day on the bus. While some scars were more obvious than others, each one was harboring some pain and guilt, which was holding them back. Go was hoping that facing her fears at the exhibit would help propel her forward, but maybe she, and all the other survivors, would find the strength they needed before they arrived in New York.

• Pro: This story was emotional and painful and wonderful. Stevens did such an incredible job helping me navigate t
Lindsay Nixon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.8 stars

I'm so glad I stumbled on this book. It has a few scenes that are a little too "High School Musical"/Hollywood--where it's sweet but you also know actual teenagers would not sit in a circle holding hands saying "I forgive you." That aside, GREAT book with fantastic exploration and commentary on what it is like to be a surviving teen and just how far the waves reach when one person does something terrible. We are all connected.

I loved these two quotes:

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Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Life After Tragedy
"Chandler and Golden versus the world" has been the motto of Chan and Go since they were 11. As seventeen-year-olds, they're a couple, and although they're still facing life's challenges together, there's been a distance between them ever since they became two of four survivors of a horrific bus bombing in New York City. It's been a year since that bomb killed nineteen teens, and Chan and Go are back home in the Hive, the Kentucky commune where they've grown up. Chan and Go are
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at teenage decision-making in the aftermath of trauma.
Rebecca Akins
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
This book ripped my heart out and then slowly mended it. This book follows the four survivors of a bus bombing. Each of these for characters is dealing with their own form of PTSD and survivors guilt. These four characters along with a close friend of one of the survivors take a road trip to the Gand opening of a memorial built for the victims of the bombing. At its core, this book is about healing and forgiveness. The character relationships and individual character development led to a beautif ...more
Taylor Wilson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book. All the characters were wonderful. I loved how close the relationships were and all the family love. You can see how much the characters grow and develop throughout the story. The writing was done very well, simple and easy to depict. I feel like all the stuff that happened in the book helped the characters mature and appreciate their relationships more. I enjoyed reading this book very much and would love to read more from this author.
More like a 4.5, I loved this one! Full review to come closer to release date.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and meaningful, but it didn't quite pack the punch I thought it would.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four Three Two One is a YA, contemporary and fictional 'memoir' of the survivors of the bombing of Bus #21. It is mainly told in Golden Jenning's perspective as she embarks on her journey towards recovery, overcoming her fear of buses, and finding out what really caused the bombing on board the bus that fateful day. A prominent event that brings the remaining 4 survivors together throughout the book is the Accelerant Orange. This is a art exhibit held/made by Carter Stockton in order to honor th ...more
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

Right, well this is going to be a hard review to write and its not because I disliked it or really enjoy it, its because I can't say anything about it without completely ruining the story for you.

Four Three Two One is an emotional roller coast following four teens dealing with the aftermath of trauma, a bus bombing. The story is is full of trauma, guilt, grief, friendships, family, trust, adventure and taking those giant leaps to overcome your fears. 

The s
Warnings: depiction of bomb blast, abusive relationship (including domestic violence), suicidal ideation, self-harm

A story of letting go of guilt, moving on, and finding something to live for, Four Three Two One takes place a year after a fatal bombing attack and the effect it had on its four survivors. Told mostly through the point of view of Go Jennings, one of the teens, and partly through Caroline, another survivor and the ex of the suicide bomber, the story is heartfelt, and heart-breaking
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On a normal June day, twenty three people boarded Charter Bus #21 on a busy New York City street; minutes later, Charter Bus #21 exploded, killing nineteen people. Almost a year later, the four people who survived the explosion are invited to attend an art installation made from the remnants of the destroyed bus - a memorial to those who did not make it, and a testament to those who did. The four young people each have their own reasons for staying away, their own reasons they deal with the guil ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was exceptional, like Stevens' other books. The topic initially made me hesitant to purchase because acts of terror are so difficult to read about
This book deals mostly with the aftermath, 10 months after the bombing of Bus #21. There are flashbacks as we see what lead to the young man who killed 19 young people, with only 4 survivors. I adored Golden and her Gran, her life in the Hive and her friendship with Becky. The 4 survivors gather at an art installation the medic who saved Gol
Destiny Bridwell
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There were parts of this book that reach deep into my heart and soul and did not let go. Even though I am done reading it, it is still clinging to me. It is really hard for me to put this book into words since there were so many emotions going on and I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. It is a book that brings you along for the journey. I love Golden and all she is trying to do to bring herself the healing she and the other need ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I won this book on a GoodReads was amazing! Truly one of the top three books I read this year! It’s a quick read but their story of heartbreak and triumph will change your perspective on people and events that come through our newsfeed daily!
Jackie Rogers
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book about life. Involves 4 teenagers surviving a bombing. Is about their lives after survival. Living is difficult at best. They are never the same. after this experience. Loved the characters and the theme of forgiveness. Thanks to Goodreads.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Smart, terrifyingly realistic, and full of heart, Stevens has written a wonderfully insightful book about how tragedy divides and connects. Each survivor harbors an internal conflict that they must face head on. Compelling; wonderful characters!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
After reading the summary, I thought I knew what this book would be about. But I didn’t, not really. It’s so much more than the banal description.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments
It is one of the most disappointing feelings when the book you've been so excited to read for months is one of the most boring books you've read this year.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book was amazing! It had a great flow! Such a powerful message. I highly recommend this book!
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting look at the aftermath of a bombing. Four, Three, Two, One follows the four survivors of a bus bombing as they deal with the aftermath, the anniversary and the effect the bombing has on their life.
Thank you Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for an Advanced eGalley of "Four Three Two One" by Courtney Stevens.

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