From Robin Reul, the author of My Kind of Crazy, comes an uplifting YA contemporary about two teens on an unexpected journey to forge their own paths.
Jack has always known what he wanted: to follow in his father's footsteps to Columbia University and become a doctor. But when his father unexpectedly dies, Jack's careful plans start to unravel. Then, on the eve of leaving for college, he discovers a letter his father wrote to his estranged brother, Alex, stamped and unsent. Jack sees an opportunity: if he goes to San Francisco and finds his brother, he might be able to heal the past and truly move forward.
Hallie is sitting on huge news that she isn't ready to share with anyone. And she doesn't want to think about it, either; she's just learned that her closest friend from her online cancer support group has taken a turn for the worst. There's a small window to travel to Oregon to see him and say goodbye, but she knows her protective parents would never let her go. Hallie's life suddenly feels like it's spinning out of control, so she does the only thing she can think of: she buys a bus ticket to Oregon, and tells her parents she's going to a friend's for the weekend.
Jack and Hallie had a class together years ago, but haven't seen each other since. But fate puts them into the same rideshare to the bus terminal, setting off a whirlwind road trip that may lead them to their own true selves...and maybe to each other.
Also by Robin Reul:
My Kind of Crazy
Praise for My Kind of Crazy:
"Funny, authentic, and, at turns, heartbreaking."—Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart
"The perfect novel. From flawed, yet lovable, characters, to Hank's fresh voice, to a storyline so well plotted the ending is entirely satisfying, the book draws readers right in and doesn't let go."—San Francisco Book Review
"In this debut novel, Reul crafts a romantic hero who is valiant, sensitive, self-deprecating, and a little confused about which girl he wants to date...The road to romance between Hank and Peyton may be bumpy for them, but readers should find it entirely enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly
"The characters, even the supporting ones, avoid stereotype, and their dialogue is authentic and interesting. Readers will find a bit of themselves in the protagonists' actions and emotions."—VOYA