An art installation,
recreating the NYC bus bombing
where they almost died with the others…
Is almost enough or too much?
A year after an angry white boy explodes himself on a sightseeing bus, the four teen survivors are still trying to piece their lives together:
Golden and Chan – young sweethearts from the same Kentucky commune,
Caroline – from New York wine country, unable to escape vicious Simon,
Rudy – former athlete, now wheelchair-bound in Florida.
A medic who helped them away from the burning bus has spent the past year honoring the victims online and will soon unveil the rebuilt bus with their families’ memories – on the very street where it happened.
He asks people who can’t attend to donate scholarship money for the survivors and invites Golden, Chan, Caroline, and Rudy to be there.
Can they really face that bus where 19 others died?
Can they undo their connections to the bomber’s choice to bomb that bus at that moment?
Can they move forward, alone or together, ever?
Golden’s tennis partner Becky arranges the road trip that will get them all to NYC for the ceremony…ready to remember or not.
How have you worked through being a survivor?
Book info: Four Three Two One / Courtney Stevens. Harper Teen, 2018. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.