This was the first debut novel I finished in 2012, so yay! And I can honestly say I didn't know what to expect when I got into it, but I was not left disappointed.
Delaney Maxwell had been stuck under frozen lake for eleven minutes before her best friend Decker was able to get her out. By all accounts she had been dead, and then brain damaged. So no one expected her to wake up or to even be able to talk.
But Delaney walked away even more of a miracle when she realized she could feel when people were about to die. Her struggle to understand her new gift, those around her, and even the strange new guy who can seemingly do what she can will help open Delaney's eyes to possibilities. If you had one day left to live, what would you do.
From the moment I started reading this I couldn't seem to put it down. Delaney was a medical miracle, but by all accounts was also a typical teenager. She struggled with finding her place in the world, with finding acceptance, with understanding herself. This was not only a journey about what she could do, but also about accepting who she was.
And one of the main questions toward the end that Delaney asked was, "If you had one day left to live, what would you want to do with it?" I think this is what Delaney works toward throughout the story, coming to terms with what happened.
Megan's research for this was clear and very well used, even the descriptions of what Delaney felt each time she was pulled toward someone dying... I started to feel itchy and uncomfortable right along with her. I certainly couldn't imagine experiencing that.
And, though I have a feeling she won't, Megan left this book for the possibility of continuing it on if she ever felt the desire to. Either way, I'm looking forward to more from this author.