Early Departures

by Justin A. Reynolds

On Sale: 09/22/2020

Early Departures

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Early Departures

by Justin A. Reynolds

On Sale: 09/22/2020

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About the Book

Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, returns with another charming and powerful YA contemporary novel with a speculative twist, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera.

What if you could bring your best friend back to life—but only for a short time?

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know that he died, and that he’s about to die . . . again. He doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save him. And that the reason they haven’t been friends for two years is because Jamal blames Q for the accident that killed his parents.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? A new technology allows Q to be reanimated for a few weeks before he dies . . . permanently. And Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin this miracle by telling Q about his impending death. So how can Jamal fix everything if he can’t tell Q the truth?

Early Departures weaves together loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond.

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Critical Praise

Praise for Opposite of Always: Opposite of Always  is as beautiful as it is funny, warm, and captivating. One of the best love stories I’ve ever read. Jack King is the hero we’ve been waiting for.” - Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times  bestselling author of The Hate U Give

“Read this one, reread it, and then hug it to your chest. Reynolds’ debut is wise, heartfelt, and wildly, infinitely charming.”   - Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times  bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  and Leah on the Offbeat

“This charming, wry novel packed with witty, crackling banter is propulsively readable. There are some big questions about choice, consequences, < loyalty, and love in this novel, and Reynolds beautifully complements those heavy concerns with the sweet, funny, and genuine voice of his protagonist. - Booklist (starred review)

“A love story about friendship with a “choose your own adventure” twist... Any teen who’s ever wanted a do-over will enjoy reading this story.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

Romeo and Juliet  meets Groundhog Day  and Love Story  in this wonderfully romantic story of teenage love and second chances.… Reynolds creates a pair of unforgettable protagonists who are doomed to love, lose, and work to find one another again and again.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Reynolds spins a poignant, dizzying tale of love and loss in this page-turning time-travel fantasy.” - Horn Book

“[Reynolds] creates an enormously likable character who is doing the best he can and then some ...the book’s blend of humor and heartbreak wins out.” - Publishers Weekly

“Jack’s narration is as funny as it is poignant as he moves from romantic to frantic and back again... [a] sentimental but not saccharine fantasy.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062748409
  • ISBN 10: 0062748408
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 09/22/2020
  • Pages: 480
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Time Travel
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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