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Seventeen-year-old Olga Gay Worontzoff is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet. She thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not going to prom with Conner, her best friend and crush since kindergarten. But while out sailing together, Conner is struck by lightning, and Olga feels responsible for his death.
Now the sarcastic, nerdy girl who never missed a day of school is lost, unwilling to get out of bed. To help battle depression, her therapist suggests a plan: compile a list of eighteen things to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.
But the therapist has a big secret. She’s really a spirit guide and the eighteen things aren’t what Olga thinks, it’s really her after-death purification process. A week after Conner’s killed, the choice to take twenty pain pills ended up costing Olga her life. So while her friends help her fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record and sail again, the only one it’s reality for is Olga, and Nate, the new hottie in town who brings a fun factor to her list while he unknowingly travels through the purification process with Olga. Then he complicates things by asking her out on her first date. She wants to put into practice what her ‘life,’ . . . er, death lessons have taught her, but of all the quests, opening up her heart to love again is the hardest of all. Time is running out and the journey to finding themselves again must be completed, or they risk losing their souls forever.
18 THINGS, a contemporary YA with a paranormal twist, is complete at 70,000 words. A younger version of The Bucket List meets The Sixth Sense, it is stand-alone but has series potential.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
*First 500 Words*
OTTAWA COUNTY LIGHTNING STRIKE:
TEEN KILLED, GIRL SURVIVES
[FROM THE GRAND HAVEN TRIBUNE,
APRIL 2, 2013, REPORTER MELISSA TRACY]
A 17-year-old boy struck by lightning on Lake Michigan has died, authorities said late Tuesday night. A girl who was also on the sailboat when the lightning struck survived.
Ottawa County Coroner, Michael Wallen, told the Grand Haven Tribune that Conner Anderson died at the North Ottawa Community Hospital from heart failure following injuries from the lightning strike.
Paramedic John Croley told GHT that the teens rented a sailboat around 3pm yesterday afternoon and Anderson was struck by lightning around 8pm. The strike caused him to fly off the boat into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. Since the teens weren’t wearing life jackets, the 17-year-old girl, Olga Worontzoff, had to jump into the water to retrieve Anderson. After swimming back to the boat, with Anderson’s body draped over a lifebuoy nearby, she managed to dial 9-1-1 on Anderson’s cell phone. That’s when she apparently noticed Anderson wasn’t breathing and administered CPR before being rendered unconscious after a gust of wind knocked the sailboat boom into the back of her head.
Anderson was in cardiac arrest when the Coast Guard arrived and was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour later. Worontzoff regained consciousness while being loaded into the ambulance on shore, Croley said, and was treated for a Grade 3 concussion and moderate hypothermia at the hospital before being released.
Once I smashed my hand in the car door. The thought of returning to school today feels worse than that. I shove my book bag into the backseat of Nicole’s idling silver Honda Civic.
“How are you holding up?” she asks, hunched over her steering wheel. As her best friend, I can tell when her smile is a fake, plus there are dark circles under her eyes that no amount of cucumber slices could cure.
I take two puffs from my asthma inhaler. “Just drive.”
She snaps her fingers. “I know just what you need. Some Espresso To Go.”
What I need is Conner.
His funeral was yesterday. I’m so not ready for this but Mom is making me, thinks she knows best. I know Mom isn’t trying to be cruel, although at times I wouldn’t put it past her. She’s just the kind of person who thinks in practicalities. To her, going back to school seems like the logical next step to moving on because if she lets me stay home, then it’s making Conner’s death even bigger since as the probable valedictorian, I never miss school. She and Dad are back to work today too, always setting the ‘good’ example, even though they knew Conner well and are grieving with me. I guess it’s their way of coping with things. Usually I’d agree with being practical, but I’m beyond that now. There’s no way to make Conner’s death bigger since I’m the one responsible for not saving him and that’s the biggest truth that’ll ever affect my life. Nothing will ever be important to me again.