For This Life Only by Stacey Kade

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A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

About Stacey Kade

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Stacey Kade is the author of the Ghost and the Goth trilogy (The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, and Body & Soul), the Project Paper Doll series (The Rules, The Hunt, and The Trials), and For This Life Only. She lives just outside of Chicago. Learn more at
Published August 30, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 9 Up—High school student Jacob Palmer has escaped Christmas family time overload to go to a party with friends—unfortunately, he has no ride home. Jace begs his disapproving twin, Elijah, to pick him up. Eli has always been the "good" one, the true preacher's kid, but a night that feels like a...

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