All These Lives
All These Lives
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), Hardcover, 9780374302085, 256pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
Jayel Wylie Jayel Wylie lives in Chester, South Carolina, her hometown. In addition to her fiction writing, she works for a local solicitor, or district attorney, as a legal assistant for narcotics and juvenile crime cases. When she isn't writing, working her day job, or recovering from both by lying on the couch watching cable, she enjoys needlework, painting, and traditional Southern cooking. So far she isn't married, but she revels in spoiling her friends' children rotten and intends to have a family of her own just as soon as she can find the time and a suitable sweetheart. An avid believer in true love as a reality as well as a concept, she figures it's only a matter of time. She is currently working on her next novel for Pocket.
"[a] gripping chronicle of the way one girl grapples with domestic catastrophe.”--Kirkus
“…fans of compelling family dramas will be glad that [Dani’s] finally choosing to live her own life rather than giving it away.”--BCCB, starred
“…realistic and poignant.”--VOYA
“…will speak to teens…”--School Library Journal