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We Are Inevitable
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"No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other...
"No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other...
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  • "No one writes about love like Gayle Forman. Lose yourself in her passionate mash note to rock music, indie bookstores and best of all, the miracles that can happen when you take chances on other people." — E. LOCKHART, #1 New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Again Again

    A poignant and uplifting novel about the power of community, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.

    Aaron Stein used to think books were miracles. But not anymore. Even though he spends his days working in his family's secondhand bookstore, the only book Aaron can bear to read is one about the demise of the dinosaurs. It's a predicament he understands all too well, now that his brother and mom are gone and his friends have deserted him, leaving Aaron and his shambolic father alone in a moldering bookstore in a crusty mountain town where no one seems to read anymore.
    So when Aaron sees the opportunity to sell the store, he jumps at it, thinking this is the only way out. But he doesn't account for Chad, a "best life" bro with a wheelchair and way too much optimism, or the town's out-of-work lumberjacks taking on the failing shop as their pet project. And he certainly doesn't anticipate meeting Hannah, a beautiful, brave musician who might possibly be the kind of inevitable he's been waiting for.
    All of them will help Aaron to come to terms with what he's lost, what he's found, who he is, and who he wants to be, and show him that destruction doesn't inevitably lead to extinction; sometimes it leads to the creation of something entirely new.

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    The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    They say it took the dinosaurs thirty-­three thousand years to die. Thirty-­three millennia from the moment the asteroid slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula to the day that the last dinosaur keeled over, starving, freezing, poisoned by toxic gases.

    Now, from a universal perspective, thirty-­three thousand years is not much. Barely a blink of an eye. But it’s still thirty-­three thousand years. Almost two million Mondays. It’s not nothing.

    The thing I keep coming back to is: Did they know? Did some poor T-­rex feel the impact of the asteroid shake the earth, look up, and go,Oh, shit, that’s curtains for me? Did the camarasaurus living thousands of miles from the impact zone notice the sun darkening from all that ash and understand its days were numbered? Did the triceratops wonder why the air suddenly smelled so different without knowing it was the poison gases released by a blast that was equivalent to ten billion atomic bombs (not that atomic bombs had been invented yet)? How far into that thirty-­three-­thousand-­year stretch did they go before they understood that their extinction was not looming—­it had already happened?

    The book I’m reading, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte, which I discovered mis-­shelved with atlases a few months back, has a lot to say on what life was like for dinosaurs.But it doesn’t really delve into what they were thinking toward the end. There’s only so much, I guess, you can conjecture about creatures that lived sixty million years ago. Their thoughts on their own extinction, like so many other mysteries, they took with them.

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    Fact: Dinosaurs still exist. Here’s what they look like. A father and son in a failing used bookstore, spending long, aimless days consuming words no one around here buys anymore. The father, Ira, sits reading in his usual spot, a ripped upholstered chair, dented from years of use, in the maps section, next to the picture window that’s not so picturesque anymore with its Harry Potter lightning-­bolt crack running down the side of it. The son—­that’s me, Aaron—­slumps on a stool by the starving cash register, obsessively reading about dinosaurs. The shelves in the store, once so tidy and neat, spill over, the books like soldiers in a long-­lost war. We have more volumes now than we did when we were a functioning bookstore because whenever Ira sees a book in the garbage or recycling bin, or on the side of the road, he rescues it and brings it home. We are a store full of left-­behinds.

    The morning this tale begins, Ira and I are sitting in our usual spots, reading our usual books, when an ungodly moan shudders through the store. It sounds like a foghorn except we are in the Cascade mountains of Washington State, a hundred miles from the ocean or ships or foghorns.

    Ira jumps up from his seat, eyes wide and panicky. “What was that?”

    “I don’t—­” I’m drowned out by an ice-­sharp crack, followed by the pitiful sounds of books avalanching onto the floor. One of our largest shelves has split down the middle, like the chestnut tree inJane Eyre. And anyone who’s read Jane Eyre knows what that portends.

    Ira races over, kneeling down, despondent as he hovers over the fallen soldiers, as if he’s the general who led them to their deaths. He’s not. This is not his fault. None of it.

    “I got this,” I tell him in the whispery voice I’ve learned to use when he gets...

About the Author-

  • Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

    Sunil Malhotra loves telling stories in front of the camera, behind the mic, and onstage. His film and television credits include Dude, Where’s The Party?; Fair Game; Grey’s Anatomy; Maron; NCIS: New Orleans; The Powerpuff Girls; Blaze and the Monster Machines; Mr. Peabody & Sherman; House; 24; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; and Halo: Reach. As a narrator, Sunil has earned an Odyssey Honor, multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, and several Audie Award nominations.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 3, 2021
    Embittered in the wake of his older brother’s overdose and death as well as his mother’s abandonment, 19-year-old Aaron Stein, who is white and Jewish, feels like one of the doomed dinosaurs he obsessively reads about. He’s been forced to run his family’s failing Bellingham, Wash., bookstore since his parents filed for bankruptcy and transferred ownership, a business that seems slated for extinction. Concerned about his dad’s intensifying mental confusion and agitation, and angry at his late brother for the financial fallout surrounding his drug reliance, Aaron makes a secret property deal. But the meddling of 21-year-old “Best-Life Bro” Chad Santos, a former classmate who uses a wheelchair, challenges Aaron’s pessimism. Forman (If I Stay) movingly communicates Aaron’s grief through his hostility and flawed understanding of addiction; his burgeoning relationship with brown-eyed, freckled musician Hannah, who’s newly sober, and his growing self-awareness bring nuance to this discussion and depiction of addiction. Both a moving story of growing through grief and an ode to the miracle of books and independent bookstores, Forman’s newest is a sincere and affecting volume. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Sunil Malhotra portrays 19-year-old Aaron Stein, who lives with his father, Ira, and works in their used bookstore. Aaron lost his brother to addiction, and now he's discovered that Ira is deep in credit card debt. Malhotra expresses Aaron's conflicted feelings when Chad, an old friend of his brother, shows up and demands they build a ramp, which they can't afford, to accommodate his wheelchair. Aaron falls in love with Hannah, a newly recovered addict, who is charismatic and clearheaded. Malhotra captures both Aaron's drive and his confusion when Hannah reacts to his neediness. He effectively expresses Aaron's experience with addiction issues. This is an audiobook for teens who will understand the far-reaching effects of grief and the healing properties of books. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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