"Joey was class valedictorian. He was voted most likely to succeed. I was voted the most likely to pedal a bike the rest of my life. There's a picture in the yearbook of me on my bike next to the cafeteria Dumpster with the caption twenty years from now. "
The author's background in nursing adds to the realism to the hospital scenes.
"Clay! Take over compressions." I put on a face shield and move to the side of the gurney. The other EMT steps out of the way. I position my hands in the right spot and press. This is not the plastic dummy I practiced on when I was getting certified. This is a real person. Not too hard. Press down an inch. Don't break the ribs. I count. I'm shaking, sweating, gasping. A properly trained person can do effective CPR. You don't have to be a doctor. Any CPR is better than none. "
Author uses medial jargon that doesn't seemed forced or out of place. The story away from the hospital is as strong. Clay's imperfections and uncertainties make him that much more real. Harazin's writing is smooth, she does an excellent slow reveal of what really happened to Joey. Ages 13up