Everything Breaks

Everything Breaks

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9780698135406
  • 256 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 12 and up


Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.

A gripping, haunting and emotional read.


“A tragic story of teen drinking and driving takes on a new twist when characters both real and supernatural challenge a young man’s psyche…an exploration of adolescent guilt, responsibility and connection in this modern legend…engaging.”–Kirkus

“The Oklahoma settine may remind readers of S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders (1967), as will the themese of family and forgiveness, but Grove brings a beautifully unique spin to these familiar elements. As Tucker notes, ‘Everything in this beautiful treasure house of a world breaks'; his curious and reflective journey will inspire thought and growth for many readers.”–Booklist — Booklist

“Tucker’s voice–and his guilt and anguish–ring true.”–The Horn Book — The Horn Book