Erin Randel's intense life comprises captaining the varsity swim team, honors classes, last-chair cello for a prestigious youth orchestra, a largely untapped passion for astronomy, and the void left when her grandmother died.
Her mother has Erin's future fully planned, too: Ivy League, medical school, and a ?successful? life. But two days before Erin?s seventeenth birthday, the arrival of three championship swimmers triggers demotion from the varsity team, a lost captainship, and a gaping hole in both her college applications and identity.
At a party later that night, Erin drinks heavily and vomits on her fabulous boyfriend, Ben, in the most embarrassing way possible. Partygoers catch most of her explosion on video, and it spreads through social media. Erin?s social life collapses immediately, leaving her lonely, vulnerable, and unsure how she?ll ever attain the goals she?s set for herself.
When Erin confesses all to her mother, she and school officials decide Erin can save her résumé with study abroad. New Zealand would allow her swimming capabilities to shine and foreign exchange would portray her as "well rounded." While foreign study on New Zealand's gorgeous South Island is supposed to be a way to rescue her flagging Ivy League prospects and wait out her social exile, it soon becomes so much more.
AuthorBy Michele Bacon
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published3 April 2018
Dimensions8.25 x 5.50in.
About the author
Michele Bacon writes contemporary fiction for adults and young adults. Most of her stories begin as ideas scrawled on random scraps of paper, stuffed into pockets or joining her computer-bag detritus. She is also the author of Life Before. Michele lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and three small children.
?Both a coming-of-age story and a nail-biting thriller, this debut novel will appeal to a wide range of readers." ?VOYA Magazine, on Life Before
?A riveting story told in a voice that will resonate with teens . . .? ?School Library Journal, on Life Before