On the morning Avery plans to end her life, she learns an asteroid will end the world in a matter of days. She fights her way home from college to help her family and the girl she loves, but while they chase their final tomorrows, can Avery embrace her own? WE ARE OKAY meets WILDER GIRLS.
I wanted to hide my body somewhere no one would have to find it. Midway through my freshman year I settled on the Connecticut River—a hungry stretch of icebergs and fog that slipped by the edge of campus. I liked the river because when I stood on its edge it always felt like morning, even at sunset, even at midnight. I also liked it because it was practical and clean. It would take me away, wash the blood from my face, and bury the gun in its silt.
The gun sat heavy in my jacket pocket as I left my dorm room one last time. I carried it across Dartmouth’s starlit campus, through a wall of evergreen trees, to a dock winged by canoes of muted colors. The boats crashed around me as I knelt on the icy wood, sadness a sand in my blood.
My jeans soaked through. My heart raced until my ribs shivered. I brushed tears away so I could see one more sherbet sunrise, but the sun blinked open too quickly for color and I was capped by ethereal light. I pulled the pistol out and without looking at it lifted the barrel to my temple. I leaned over the rushing water and tried to steady my vibrating hand because I was ready. So tired, empty, over. I just had to do it already.
And then my cell phone buzzed and Dartmouth’s emergency alert system started screaming.