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Erin Bailey's life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. It's always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty.
This thought-provoking story brings readers to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erin's fear, her frustration, and ultimately . . . her freedom.
Praise For Positively Beautiful…
“Mills's novel starts off strong, carefully taking Erin through her mother's diagnosis and treatment, while unpacking Erin's fear of finding out whether she's positive for a BRCA mutation.” —Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be sympathetic to her extreme emotional conflict. . . will be highly appealing to teens who would be interested in a more modern take on a well-trod genre.” —School Library Journal
“Erin narrates with an energetic voice and a likable awkwardness.” —BCCB
“The novel is believable and will appeal to John Green fans.” —Library Media Connection
“[T]he emotional core of the novel is convincingly powerful. Even through their inevitable tears, teens will likely appreciate the well-researched depiction of losing a loved one to cancer.” —Booklist
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619633414, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
About the Author
WENDY MILLS was born in Virginia and spent several years in North Carolina, but now lives with her family on the tropical island of Bokeelia, off the south-west coast of Florida where she spends her time writing and dodging hurricanes. She has published adult mysteries with Poisoned Pen Press, and Positively Beautiful is her first young adult novel.
Visit her online at www.wendymillsbooks.com or on Twitter @WendyMillsBooks