The Year of Second Chances


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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Lara Avery is the author of three young adult novels, one of which, The Memory Book, received the 2017 Minnesota Book Award. She studied film at Macalester College and got her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi. This is her first book for general audiences. She lives in Topeka, KS.


"Avery debuts with a tender novel full of heart and healing.... Avery's funny and engaging writing, plus Robin's strong voice, will keep readers turning pages. Suggest to those who enjoyed Catherine Newman's We All Want Impossible Things." -- Booklist (starred review)

"It speaks to Avery's skill that the novel soars from this implausible beginning. While there is romance and there is humor, this is not (as it might first seem) a meet-cute rom-com. It's a story about grief, and about finding a way to move ahead after a traumatic loss -- even if 'moving ahead' might not mean what you think it does." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Avery's adult debut explores grief with humor and warmth.... The concept is fresh and the voice full of heart. Fans of Annabel Monaghan should take note." -- Publishers Weekly

"Sammie's narrative voice is sardonic, distinctive, wildly intelligent, and sometimes hilarious...Readers will feel her mind and heart shifting with the illness. Indelible." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Memory Book

"Sammie's voice is a bright, relatable, and uncompromising one...Strengths abound in Avery's touching novel, and Sammie's relationships, both friendly and romantic, are no exception...Fans of John Green's work and Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places will be reaching for the tissue box at the book's tear-inducing end." -- School Library Journal (starred review) on The Memory Book

"Avery (Anything but Ordinary) crafts an emotionally charged story about a young woman who has kept her eyes trained on the future, only to learn that all she has is now...Avery's novel stands out for its strong characters, a heartbreaking narrative that shifts to reflect Sammie's condition, and a love story that will leave many readers in tears." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Memory Book

"Avery brings an emotional honesty to Sammie's narrative.... Teens will be inspired by Avery's heart-rending story about a special and intelligent young woman coping with a devastating disease―a story buoyed by the strong love of family flowing through Sammie's narrative and by an exquisite love story in which Sammie experiences happiness with Coop." -- VOYA (starred review) on The Memory Book

"Avery (A Million Miles Away, 2015) balances humor and devastating sadness perfectly. Sammie's voice is sympathetic but not pitiful as she relates her hopes for the future and thoughts on the past...a story of self-discovery that's hard to put down." -- Booklist on The Memory Book