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Fear of Missing Out

Everyone has a fear of missing out on something―a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what if it’s life that you’ll be missing out on?

When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when―and if―a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility. To see if it’s real. To see if it’s worth it. For fear of missing out on everything.

Farrar Straus & Giroux, March 2019

*A 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection*

*A YABC Buzzworthy Book of Winter 2019*

"A unique, fascinating look at treatment choices and the right to die wrapped up in a searing tale of characters brimming with life." ―Booklist, starred review

"A heartbreaking story of loss and grief peopled with nuanced, endearing characters that ultimately leaves the reader with a feeling of triumph." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"McGovern’s impeccable writing carries readers through an incredible journey of self-exploration . . . A compelling and heartrending read that should not be missed." ―School Library Journal, starred review

"Mohit and Astrid are in a constant state of wonder over life’s infinite mysteries, giving this title emotional, spiritual, and intellectual heft. Astrid’s unusual pursuit of possible life beyond cancer and death will draw readers into this thought-provoking story." ―Publishers Weekly

"Thought provoking and ripe for discussion . . . keep a box of tissues handy." ―Horn Book

 

Rules for 50/50 Chances

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die?

Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother.

With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully laid rules.

Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2015