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And Then Things Fall Apart

And Then Things Fall Apart

For Ages: 14 and up
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Keek’s life was totally perfect….

Keek and her boyfriend just had their Worst Fight Ever; her best friend heinously betrayed her; her parents are divorcing; and her mom’s across the country caring for her newborn cousin, who may or may not make it home from the hospital. To top it all off, Keek’s got the plague. (Well, the chicken pox.) Now she’s holed up at her grandmother’s technologically barren house until further notice. Not quite the summer vacation Keek had in mind.

With only an old typewriter and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar for solace and guidance, Keek’s alone with her swirling thoughts. But one thing’s clear through her feverish haze—she’s got to figure out why things went wrong so she can make them right.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442413238 | 
  • July 2011 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
List Price $9.99
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Read an Excerpt

DATE: July 12
MOOD: Fractured
BODY TEMP: 103.5

I once watched a collector kill a monarch butterfly on a nature show by putting it under a glass dome with a piece of cotton soaked in gasoline. The insect’s wings flapped less and less until they were perfectly still.

Suffocation is a cruel way to go.

I can’t breathe under my bell jar either.

I’m hot.

I have the chills.

I’m drenched with sweat, smothered beneath a hundred-pound coverlet.

My head hurts. My eyes hurt. My tongue feels heavy so it’s hard to talk. If I stop typing, a vein in my forehead... see more

About the Author

Arlaina Tibensky
Photography (c) Deborah Copaken Kogan



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