What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay

What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay

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Fifteen-year-old Angie never used to think much about God - until things started getting weird. Like the statue of St. Felix, her secret confidante, suddenly coming off his pedestal and talking to her. And Angie's mother, who's busting up her third marriage for no apparent reason. Then there's Jesse Francis, sent home from Afghanistan at age nineteen with his leg blown off. Now he's expected to finish high school and fit right back in. Is God even paying attention to any of this? Against the advice of an increasingly vocal St. Felix (who knows a thing or two about war), Angie falls for Jesse - who's a lot deeper than most high school guys. But Jesse is battling some major demons. As his rages start to become more frequent and unpredictable, Angie finds herself losing control of the situation. And she's starting to wonder: can one person ever make things right for someone else?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 14.73mm | 240.4g
  • FLUX
  • United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 073872615X
  • 9780738726151
  • 2,783,226

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"Cockrell balances on the knife's edge between comedy and tragedy. The depth and darkness of her themes makes an absorbing read for older young adults." --The Boston Globe
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About Amanda Cockrell

Amanda Cockrell has published critical essays, poems, articles, and books for children and adults. She is the founding director of Hollins University's graduate programme in children's literature and managing editor of the university's literary journal. This is her debut YA novel.
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