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Ready to Fall (Paperback)

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A young adult novel about a teen who finds hope and a fresh start after a terrible loss, and learns that being strong means letting go

When Max Friedman's mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. It's a terrible tenant--isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality.

Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. He joins a group of theater misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet where he becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, an edgy upperclassman who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings--until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past.

At turns lyrical, haunting, and triumphant, Ready to Fall is a story of grief, love, rebellion and starting fresh from acclaimed author Marcella Pixley.

"When Max finds community with others--who are just as damaged but striving to be happy--it's rewarding and touching." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Grief becomes something oddly beautiful--and beautifully odd." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

Marcella Pixley is a teacher and the author of two previous books for teens, Freak, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Without Tess, which was described in a starred review in School Library Journal as "[a] lyrical, heartrending novel." She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250180711
ISBN-10: 1250180716
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: November 27th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
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