Justin A. Reynolds

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EARLY DEPARTURES

September 2020, Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 320 pp

Jamal’s best friend Q does not know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident for which Jamal blames Q. But a new healthcare technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q. Here’s the catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever, this time.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And Q’s mother won’t let anyone tell Q he died and ruin the miracle, so Q doesn’t understand why Jamal is suddenly trying to be his friend. With the clock ticking, how can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Justin A. Reynolds weaves together loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond.

STARRED REVIEWS

KIRKUS – “This thoroughly satisfying novel of love, loss, and reconciliation is not to be missed.”

BOOKLIST – “This sophomore novel is a virtuoso performance.”

ACCOLADES

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

ArabicAser Al-Kotob
FrenchPocket Jeunesse
ItalianMondadori Edizioni Piemme
SpanishMontena/Penguin Random House Spain
TurkishPegasus
UKMacmillan UK (rights sold by Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency)

NOTE: This is the second book in a two book deal with Opposite of Always sold to Katherine Tegen Books.


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Young Adult


Contemporary

Diverse

Family

Friendship

Genre-Bending

Realistic

Speculative


Dramatic

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