How She Died, How I Lived
Author: Mary Crockett
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.
On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.
Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?
About the Author
A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model.
In her other life, she’s an award-winning poet and teaches creative writing at Roanoke College in Virginia.
If you tweet at her, chances are she will tweet back.
Review of How She Died, How I Lived
Review (4.5 Stars): How She Died, How I Lived was a gut-wrenching, beautifully written story about living when you were two steps away from dying. Throughout the course of this story, our narrator comes to terms with what happened and what it truly means to live. This story broke my heart as we learn that our actions have consequences and picking up the pieces is just as hard for each of the survivors. I liked how she and Charlie gravitated to one another after Jamie’s death and found comfort after their tragic loss. This was a great story that asks the difficult questions of living our lives and finding hope in a future that will always be haunted by what happened that terrible night.