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Lara Avery lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she is a contributor at Revolver and at work on her next novel.
In a Nutshell: Unforgettable heroine confronts adversity head on | Poignant, un-put-down-able jewel of a book about seizing every moment while you can. “You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in the not-so-distant future. I’m writing this for you. They say my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.” So begins Sammie’s journal to herself, which she starts after being diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C. Being a straight A student whose memory has always been her “golden ticket”, she jokes that this is “the only C I’ve ever gotten, ha, ha, ha”, but this is serious. NPC is a form of dementia that will erase her memory. “What are people who are completely screwed supposed to do?” Sammie wonders. “Look forlornly out the window? I’m not good at the feelingsy things. Let’s move on,” which is exactly what she does. Determined to achieve everything she’s mapped out for herself, Sammie also throws herself into new experiences - first party, first date, first love - while she still can. Philosophical, funny and deeply moving, this remarkable novel will be adored by fans of John Green, Jennifer Niven and Patrick Ness and, while, Sammie’s story will induce uncontrollable weeping (you have been warned…), it’s as much about love and finding yourself as it is about loss, and really puts life priorities into perspective. ~ Joanne Owen