Zulumuro Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. You know, I think I know how she managed to infuriate me and break me at the same time. Then Patrick felt bad that he caused lily to die so he gave her his soul so she would reincarnate cuz he thought she …more Lily died then Patrick died. Pretty much, I ran a full gamut of emotions while reading this novel. He wears leather brown jacket, and rides motorcycle.

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This book is made from paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Life changing. Like, Wesley and Buttercup proportions. Harry and Sally. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Loves super-sneaky like that. It creeps up the second you turn your head to check how cute your butt looks in that new pair of jeans. The problem is, there is absolutely nothing "fun" about falling in love.

And guess what: Then it does. Okay, yes, he smells amazing. And yes, you melt when- ever he texts you to say good night, and yes, his eyes are soooo blue. Love is no game. People cut their ears off over this stuff. People jump off the Eiffel Tower and sell all their possessions and move to Alaska to live with the grizzly bears, and then they get eaten and nobody hears them when they scream for help. Falling in love is pretty much the same thing as being eaten alive by a grizzly bear. Believe me, I should know.

Because, did I mention? It happened to me. No, I do not mean that I was eaten alive by a grizzly bear. The way I went was much, much worse. I was fifteen years old when I died of a broken heart. No urban myths or legends here. Actually it was the total opposite. I was strong. Kind of a tomboy. Not that it mattered. In the end, my heart broke anyway.

My name was Brie. Yup, like the cheese. Everything was going great for me the year before I died. I lived in the most beautiful spot on the entire planet. North- ern California. A place called Half Moon Bay, a sleepy little seaside town nestled between redwood forests and rugged Pacific coastline, twenty-eight miles south of San Francisco. The beach was literally my backyard. Before I died, I had everything and more.

I was happy. The night I never woke up. Just like that. Game over. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars. It was the end of a life. My life. My heart must have been weaker than everyone had thought. There must have been something really, really wrong with me after all. I took my last breath on a Monday. After a couple of days, neighbors started leaving all kinds of stuff on our front porch. Casseroles, quiches, you name it. Someone even left a turkey, like all Thanksgiving- style, right out of the oven with stuffing up its butt and everything.

Too bad they forgot we were all vegetarians. Well, except Hamloaf. Bet he had a good meal that night. My brother was always good like that, always stepping up without anyone having to ask. Oh, his face. Big green eyes and wavy dark hair, just like me. He even had a tiny dimple in his left cheek — totally adorable whenever he got the giggles, which he did a lot. My brother and I had been best friends ever since the second Mom and Dad brought him home from the hospital and he passed out in my arms.

From that day on, he and I were pals. We were the feeling you got from that Raffi song "Apples and Bananas. My memorial service was rough, obviously, but I think the hardest part was watching Jack, staring off into space.

The whole school showed up. Brenner, my pixie blond English teacher and across-the-street neighbor since I was six, sat next to my mom, holding her hand. He held on tight, like he was afraid to let go. Like Mom might crumble into pieces. Or that maybe he would. The way her skin seemed cracked, like the sadness of me being gone had worked its way into her pores.

The barely-there scent of her rosewater perfume lingering in the space between us. I glanced out over the crowd, thinking how surreal it felt to be sitting in front of so many people. Noticing all the details and wondering why so many of them had barely bothered to say hi to me when I was alive. But here they were anyway. Aaron Wilsey, a kid from seventh-grade geography, who never did his homework and used to draw sharks on his notebook all the time.

Lexi Rhodes, who started wearing thick black eyeliner the first day of ninth grade. Mackenzie Carter, who got really into Jesus a few summers ago and never looked back. I wondered if she believed I was with him now. I wondered if the thought made her feel better. Hundreds of kids, friends, parents, and teachers lined the rows of the Pacific Crest High School auditorium, where I had just begun my junior year.

It was the second. The first had been for a girl a few years older than me 7 the catastrophic history of you and me named Larkin Ramsey, who had died in a fire that started after she left a candle burning overnight in her bedroom. I started to get really into diving, and she started to get really into photography and mostly just doing her own thing. By the time I finally made it to high school, hers had become just another face in the very crowded hallway.

But I guess the truth is, sometimes friends drift in and out of our lives like fashion accesso- ries — in one season and out the next. Kind of like girlfriends, right Jacob? Our coach had called the team in for a six a.

I could still feel the adrenaline pumping through me as I pulled off my diving cap and began to towel off. Who died? Larkin Ramsey. Can still remember the clammy cool of the water droplets as they rolled down my back like tears. My old friend. The same white lights were strung up all around the room, and a huge picture of my face — that thing must have been at least ten feet tall — was parked center stage.

In the picture I had on a blue sweater over my gray shirt with the sunflowers on it, and my hair was pulled back half up with sparkly blue barrettes. Nacho 9 the catastrophic history of you and me cheese! Still, it was super-weird to see my gigantic face up in front of the whole auditorium with, like, millions of eyes staring at it.

Then came the part where people got up to share all their memories. My chemistry teacher, Dr. Alii talked about how I was always the first one into the water and the last one out. My Spanish teacher, Mrs. Lopez, decked out in one of her signature linen dresses, told everyone about the time I translated an entire episode of Friends into Spanish and sang "Smelly Cat" "Gato Maloliente" to the class.

She sang a few lines of the song and everyone laughed, even my parents. The thing is, all of the stories were funny.


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