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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna's circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn't about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil's worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak-her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey-Lil's town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she's more alone than she's been since the "incident" at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA survival story about a girl trying to survive a killer flu.
Lily was a strong girl, who was trying to deal with issues arising after an incident with an abusive teacher, and already had worries about contagious diseases before the flu started. She did well to cope, especially alone, and although she had lapses she managed to do what she needed to do, even in the face of tragedy.
The storyline in this was about a ‘flu’ epidemic that people were dying from, and Lily’s parents were stuck away from home and unable to get back. Lily coped though, and even went out of her way to help other people. We did get some twists in the story, which was good, although it seemed like things just kept going from bad to worse for Lily.
The ending to this was pretty good, and we did get a bit of a happily ever after.
7 out of 10