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Realistic YA fiction

Sixteen-year-old Lilly Finley always believed God had a plan for everyone, but after a violent assault shakes her faith, she feels abandoned to live without a driving force. Then she meets Parker, an intriguing underachiever who suggests we aren’t given a purpose — we create our own. But as Lilly falls for their frustrating conversations, Parker’s agenda proves more deceptive than honest; behind his rebel charm and complex mind is a concerning drug problem.

Instead of making a run for it, Lilly abandons her belief in fate and makes it her purpose to rescue Parker from self-destruction. If she succeeds, they can share a good life together; Parker will be rehabilitated, and Lilly will have made a real difference. There’s just one problem: he isn’t budging easily. Lilly must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future, either by tying her worth to Parker’s downward spiral or actively engaging in shaping her own life.

Inspired by a true story. Events or persons portrayed in the finished work are fictitious.

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Spoken word poetry

“I’ve read it over — it’s very powerful –
merciless, no-holds barred, and I like what I see.”

— Terrance Lane Millet, English/Creative Writing Instructor, Author