A lot can happen in eleven minutes

Written by Megan Miranda

After an unheard of rescue from 11 minutes under the ice, Delaney has a miraculous recovery. Her docter won’t say it, but she should not be alive and her brain scan indicates she should not be normal. And he is right. She isn’t normal. Delaney is able to feel those who are soon to be deceased. She is drawn to them – but begins to wonder, is she predicting their death or causing it? Decker is her life long friend and the one who saved her, but their relationship is strained with her new secret compulsion. This book brings up some good thinking points. The mysterious Troy, who like Delaney senses the dying, has his own way of dealing with the knowledge. Who is right? Is euthanasia a good thing? Who has the right to decide? Who knows when a miracle like Delaney’s might change the outcome? I liked the relationships – I especially liked that the parents were involved. So many YA novels have no parental support. I also liked the paranormal touch that was not heavy handed but eerie enough to creep me out. I gave it a lower rating because I wasnt’ happy with the love triangle/quadruple, whatever. It was more annoying than fulfilling, but the students will understand. Relationships among teenagers are complicated! I think it was suitable for the junior high crowd as well as high school.

Review by Kaydean Judy, Granger High Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Read the first two chapters

Written by Megan Miranda
Walker & Co.
264 pages
Release Date: January 17, 2012
ISBN: 9780802723093 (hardcover)

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