Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven't spoken in months. Not since the fight-the one where they said things they couldn't take back. Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah's strong faith is shaken when her family's financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places-and people-for answers to the difficult questions she's suddenly facing. No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can't. Not anymore. Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory's argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true. In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship with help from the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.
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by Tamara Ireland Stone
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
by Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville
by Tanya Lee Stone
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by Shelley Johannes
by Julie Paschkis
"A bitter argument has ruined the friendship between Hannah and Emory--now both are counting the days until the end of their senior year. Hannah led a strongly spiritual life until she learned that her father traded her college fund to hire a pricey music director at his Christian school. Narrator Eevin Hartsough registers the outrage Hannah feels for her father's financial decision and the overwhelming questioning it has precipitated in her own life. Emory is marking the days left before college separates her from her boyfriend, Luke. Narrator Lori Gardner expresses her tenderness for him and, more subtly, her abhorrence for the man who is soon to be her stepfather. Luke's near death puts all the characters through crises of faith before they reveal secrets and truths that reconfirm the importance of their relationships. S.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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