What I Leave Behind

What I Leave Behind

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Sixteen-year-old Will spends most of his days the same way: Working at the Dollar Only store, trying to replicate his late father's famous cornbread recipe, and walking the streets of Los Angeles. Will started walking after his father committed suicide, and three years later he hasn't stopped. But there are some places Will can't walk by: The blessings store with the chest of 100 Chinese blessings in the back, the bridge on Fourth Street where his father died, and his childhood friend Playa's house. When Will learns Playa was raped at a party--a party he was at, where he saw Playa, and where he believes he could have stopped the worst from happening if he hadn't left early--it spurs Will to stop being complacent in his own sadness and do some good in the world. He begins to leave small gifts for everyone in his life, from Superman the homeless guy he passes on his way to work, to the Little Butterfly Dude he walks by on the way home, to Playa herself. And it is through those acts of kindness that Will is finally able to push past his own trauma and truly begin to live his life again. Oh, and discover the truth about that cornbread.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Atheneum,, 2019.
Edition: First Atheneum paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781481476577
Characteristics: 202 pages ;,21 cm.

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JCLChrisK Feb 25, 2019

This is a brief, moving story of healing. Will has plenty of reasons to hurt, but he also has a healthy instinct to keep moving and enough big-hearted generosity to keep him connected to others in the face of isolation. He has a distinct voice and shares his story gradually through 100 chapters or 100 words each. More than worth the time it takes to read.

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