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Publisher's Summary

Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that?

©2009 Benjamin Alire Sáenz (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel.... It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"There is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope." ( Booklist)
"Offering insight into [an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Utterly moving

One of the most powerful beautiful sad uplifting books I have ever listened to. Alire Saenz is a poet and magician. He writes with raw heart fire. MacLeod Andrews performance brought me to tears. I learned a lot from this book about the real path to redemption, not just for Zac, the main character, but in my own life. Amazing

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  • 16-10-2012

A wonderful, wonderful book

A real tear jerker, but without any cloying sentimentality. We travel with Zac on his road from a traumatic past and to sobriety and a hopeful future. The story, told in the first person is excellently written; a real triumph for the author, Benjamin Alire Saenz. Thank god for writers like yourself.

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  • HaloLove
  • 24-09-2015

MacLeod Andrews really stuns me out! 😍

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Mr. Benjamin Alire Saenz wrote ✨ HAPPINESS✨ on my heart when he created this lovely, dark, heartbreaking, life altering, never give up on yourself work of art!

The inside look into those who suffer so many different types of depressions either biologically or from a traumatic event that took place in their life is not only heartbreaking, but scary. And how lucky are we to live in a country where asking for help shows the true strength of someone who wants to better themselves physically and mentally?

Raphael was my hero.

Adam, my Angel.

And Zack, my quiet heart.

Best moment: Meeting Raphael again. 💖

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2018

Amazing! I love this book.

I am a person who doesn’t like reading I find it “boring”, and that’s just me but there are some books out there that really peak my interest, and this is one of them. I love the detail and how relatable this book is. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone who needs a book. This was an amazing listen.

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  • Joana
  • 28-06-2018

beautiful book

I loved this book. it held so much meaning to me, I even cried three times throughout the whole book. It's very easy to listen to and I love the narrators voice in the book he potrays the character's wonderfully.

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  • Magdalena Pinon
  • 25-03-2016

Best book I've listened to in years!

If you personally have lived with a person dealing with addiction or death then this book is for you. I laughed and cried through the entire book. I'm proud to say that Mr Benjamin Alire Saenz is from my neck of the woods, El Paso, TX! And MacLeod Andwers...still the best narrator in my book!

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  • Steve
  • 21-10-2015

Such A Brilliant Novel

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One of the best novels I've read in a long time

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character. I connect with him a lot.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'd never heard his interpretations before. He's brilliant.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes its monsters that help us remember.

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  • J. Morgenstern
  • 09-09-2011

Singing to the Monster

A wonderful young adult that is terrific for older readers also. It had me from the line where the main character says " I have sad written on my heart". It deals with tough issues in such a positive way.

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  • Estephanie Gonzalez
  • 06-01-2021

amazing

I literally cried to this book. I loved every second of it and if I could I would go back to the first time I heard it just to relive it

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  • Joshua Marcus
  • 12-10-2020

*Ugly Cry*

This book really tore me apart. Zach is an incredibly sympathetic character whose story is tough to digest but nonetheless impossible to put down. Throughout most of the book, I was either on the verge of tears or in tears. Even thinking about it, a couple of months after having listened, I still get emotional.

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  • Foxy Boxes
  • 23-01-2020

A book you’ll never forget

I read this book 10 years ago when it was first published. It has stuck with me all this time I could not remember the name but I could remember a quote. “Some people have a dog.... I have a therapist”, I typed everything I could remember into google and found this book to be exactly as captivating as I did when I was 13. A heart wrenching story however it is filled with recovery, happiness, truth, and hope. Listen to it, you will not regret it!

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  • 17-11-2014

Powerful stuff

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This very well told story of 18 year old Zach's time in a rehab centre for acholism is a powerful and heart-rending narrative. There is no sentimentality and yet all that is best in human kindness and respect is there.
The reading is equal to the story, a credible and emotional voice that puts you firmly in Zach's world.
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  • David Odell
  • 15-09-2021

Inspired

A beautiful and powerful book. I arrived here from A&D discover the secrets...., which was incredibly written and altogether inspired and this is equally brilliant. Benjamin Sáenz has a wonderful way about his writing which is insightful, engaging and just human I guess. The narration is one of the best, if not, THE best and fits so well. This is categorised as 'Young Adult' but honestly needs to be further reaching - it's for all. Hidden gem is an understatement.

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