Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

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Though the description of Mason’s accident is a gut-punch in its realism, much of the plot unfolds predictably.
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How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.
 

About Paula Garner

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Paula Garner lives in Chicago with her family and their psychotic cat. Phantom Limbs is her first novel.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Candlewick Press. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 22 2016

A heavy read weighted by intense emotions and grief, the novel sifts through tough memories, searching for the silver lining.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 21 2017

Though the description of Mason’s accident is a gut-punch in its realism, much of the plot unfolds predictably.

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