While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

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One year—he'll be gone for one year and
then we'll be together again and everything
will be back to the way it should be.

The day David left, I felt like my heart was breaking.
Sure, any long–distance relationship is tough, but David
was going to war—to fight, to protect, to put his life
in danger. We can get through this, though. We'll talk,
we'll email, we won't let anything come between us.

I can be on army girlfriend for one year. But will my sweet,
soulful, funny David be the same person when he comes
home? Will I? And what if he doesn't come home at all...?

"A tender and honest examination of love, longing, and loyalty in the face of modern war."—Laura Ruby, author of Bad Apple

"While He Was Away is a wonderful love story with writing that is skillful and true."—Amy Timberlake, author of That Girl Lucy Moon


About Karen Schreck

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Karen Schreck once had lunch with the Queen of Holland. There were many forks. Perhaps this inspired her (failed) attempt at waitressing. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two children. Visit karenschreck.com/blog
Published May 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire. 257 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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At first, observing Penna change from a girl totally absorbed in her boy to one who has other concerns, friends and responsibilities is like watching paint dry.

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