When high school student, Jessica, is killed in a car accident, her parents do what they can to help their daughter create a legacy -- they donate her organs. Though this was an important decision for them and one they thought their daughter would have wanted, they don't know that Jessica is watching every move they make. She's angry about dying and even angrier that pieces of her are being farmed out to other people.
As each organ is placed in someone new, Jessica is connected to those individuals through memory. She is able to see how their lives move on and how they eventually all connect with one another, as well as find her own purpose in her short life. Though it sounds like an angry, angst-filled plot, it was really quite beautiful.
The story was definitely unique and the writing excellent. I haven't read anything by Kizer previously, so that was a pleasant surprise. I found Jessica to be a refreshing character and one that had appropriate emotions towards the situation. Let's be honest, I would probably be pretty angry about dying so young too.
She felt authentic, despite the fantastical nature of the plot and I believed the story. It was emotional, touching, and just a really good read. I have been really into plain, old contemporary reads lately, so this was a great surprise!
The lovely folks at Random House have offered up a copy for one of you! Just leave a comment telling me the best book you've read lately and I'll choose a winner on Sunday night. Make sure you leave a valid email address if I can't reach you through a blog. U.S. only.
If you're interested in following the tour, here are the rest of the stops:
2/7: Once Upon a Twilight
2/11: The Hiding Spot
2/13: Paranormal Angel
2/15: Live to Read
2/17: Jean Book Nerd