The Year They Fell

Imprint. Jul. 2019. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250179876.
Gr 9 Up–In preschool, Dayana, Archie, Harrison, and twins Josie and Jack, also known as “The Sunnies,” were inseparable. Now they are entering senior year of high school and over the years, school, friends, parties, and sports have turned them into strangers. Their parents have remained close, however, and are on their way to their annual group vacation when they are killed in a plane crash, except for Dayana’s parents who weren’t able to get on the plane due to passport issues. As the teens are faced with their instant fame and a new reality as orphans, they are also sorting through the past that split them apart and the secrets their parents left behind. Heavy topics are addressed including sexual assault, infidelity, racism, and addiction, as well as the typical high school drama of social status, academic pressure, friendships, and relationships. The narrative switches between characters as their lives intertwine and they try to find out what caused the plane crash.
VERDICT Readers will find the characters relatable as they navigate the challenging time from senior year into adulthood following tragedy

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