For This Life Only on August 30, 2016
Genres: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320 pages
A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.
Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.
And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.
Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.
She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.
But she’s also the first person to truly see him.
I’ve been a fan of Stacey Kade’s writing since her adorable Ghost and the Goth series. She’s not afraid to try out different genres and I enjoy putting her books in the hands of my students. This story…I know exactly who’s hand I’m putting this one in first! 🙂
Jace and Eli are twins…and complete opposites. Jace is the wild child who struggles in school and in life while Eli is the golden boy, acing everything effortlessly and following in his father’s footsteps, possibly as a pastor in the church. But then comes the terrible accident, changing everything completely. Eli is killed, and Jace is left to come to terms with his twin’s death, the collapse of his family in the aftermath, and Jace’s own involvement in the accident.
In the South, faith and religion are deeply ingrained in everyday life. It’s not that most Southerners beat one another over the head with their religion, it’s more of a constant in their lives. The same goes with this story. Faith and the church do play a part in this story but it’s not a “religious” story, per se, just one filled with faith…and questioning of one’s faith and place in the universe. (Trust me. Usually, I shy away from any religious-type stories but this was just a part of who Jace was, without it being overwhelming in any way.)
There’s some romance but really, it’s more about Jace’s journey of recover and self-acceptance. It’s a quiet kind of story, without twists or suspense, just a wonderful narrator and a heartfelt story.
Giveaway: 3 Finished Copies of FOR THIS LIFE ONLY (US Only)
ABOUT STACEY KADE:
As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.
She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)
Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com
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