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Things I'd Rather Do Than Die


By: Christine Hurley Deriso

Price: CAD $21.99

Publisher: NORTH STAR EDITIONS

Imprint: Flux

368 Pages

7.99 X 5.28 X 0.94 ins

ISBN:  9781635830224 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 09/18/2018

When Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett, the two most mismatched seniors at Walt Whitman High School, find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they've given each other. Amid hours of arguing, philosophizing, and silly game playing, Ethan and Jade learn there's a lot more to the other person than meets the eye.

But after their night in confinement, they return to their comfort zones-Ethan's football prowess and long-standing romance with the school beauty, and Jade's cerebral pursuits and close friendship with the quirky Gia. Still, they find themselves inexorably pulled back to the connection they formed that night, a bond they increasingly value as Jade struggles with her dad's cancer diagnosis and Ethan tries to distance himself from his alcoholic father.

Kirkus Reviews said, "This feel-good book uses heart and humor to tell a romantic story that is all about breaking stereotypes and making room for genuine connections."

"After being robbed of their cell phones at gunpoint and then locked in the gym overnight, Jade and Ethan are forced to bear each other's company for eight long hours. And if that's not enough, when they finally get out, everyone seems to think that they did more than just talk - and that includes Ethan's girlfriend. Ethan and Jade are determined to move on from the harrowing experience, but it's hard to do so when they've seen each other in a different light. Deriso alternates viewpoints seamlessly, providing Jade and Ethan with unique voices and personalities to tell their intertwining stories. VERDICT A refreshing take on old tropes creates a coming-of-age story for fans of tear-jerking realism." - School Library Journal

"Despite the looming tragedy and family difficulties that permeate the characters' lives, Jade and Ethan's believable dialogue and the quick switches between their perspectives make this a fast, light read." Ages 14 - up. - Publisher's Weekly

"Engaging and honest." - Kirkus Reviews

"Deriso's latest features teens dealing with loss, family dynamics, and relationships with a feel similar to Laura Tims' The Art of Feeling (2017). The main characters are both complex and delightful: Jade, with her no-nonsense personality, and Ethan, with his Christian faith, which inspires his actions and plays a significant role throughout the book as the main characters discover the importance of being true to oneself. An inspirational read that readers can appreciate." - Booklist


Christine Hurley Deriso is an award-winning young adult author who loves putting interesting characters in characterdefining situations. Her novels include All the Wrong Chords, Then I Met My Sister, Thirty Sunsets, and Tragedy Girl. Visit her at chderiso.com.



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