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Expected Pub Date August 2, 2022
ISBN 978-1-951796-10-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-951796-11-2 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-951796-12-9 (ebook)
The interesting storyline, expert handling of young adult drama, and the well-drawn, relatable characters make Winn’s debut a worthwhile read. On the surface, seventeen-year-old Mischa Kenning-Elliott is a normal teenager: studies and friends keep her busy. But she has lupus, and weird recurring dreams keep her awake at night. When the handsome Casey Everfled enters Mischa’s life, things begin to get even stranger; she starts seeing the same number again and again and the dreams that haunt her at night begin to come true later. And there’s someone who wants to kill her. Winn masterfully portrays the internal struggles Mischa goes through in the face of her chronic illness while navigating her inner fears, self-doubts, and insecurities. All the other characters are realistically flawed and human as they struggle to do what’s right. Mischa’s and Casey’s alternating perspectives, related in a tightly focused present tense, create intrigue as the story moves forward. In the face of the sudden turn of events that upturns the duo’s lives, readers will find themselves emotionally spent by the end. The novel not only piles on all the high emotion, human drama, and intrigue you’d expect from a tightly-constructed YA contemporary but also has quieter moments where true friendship and a sweet romance develop. Real chemistry between the lead pair, authentic dialogue, supportive friendships, and intriguing storyline make this a must-read.