Grand & Humble
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Two teenage boys, both at a crossroads...
Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn't be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky theater geek, the son of a struggling single father, and one of the school's least popular kids. And yet, Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding, a feeling that something is not right in each of their lives.
They have something else in common as well, even if they don’t know it. Fourteen years ago, when they were both three years old, a tragedy occurred — an accident that would link the two boys together forever, even as it ultimately drove them apart. It’s an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan's premonitions and Manny's nightmares. Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right again until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.
An All-New Edition, Rewritten and Revised by the Author!
“An astonishing surprise ending, unlikely to be anticipated but fairly clued for the reader detective. The immensely talented author is a master of structure, but even without the stunt conclusion, the well-realized characters would grip readers of all ages.”
– Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“Talk about a fork in the road!…[A] taut and clever thriller.”
“This is a taut, skillfully woven psychological thriller with an ending they’ll never see coming; fans of coming age stories and clever plots will be absorbed by this haunting parable.”
“This suspenseful novel also includes genuinely thought-provoking questions about why we are who we are, and how the smallest choices may have the largest consequences.”
“A wonderful story told with a sure and able hand.”
– Crime Spree Magazine
Winner of the Washington State Book Award!
From Publishers Weekly
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This was the best book I have ever read in my entire life! So interesting. Manny and Harlan were the same people but not! Ugh I cannot explain how great and intelligent this writer is. Even if kinda the same novel was written a while ago, this specific book caught my eye. I've never been into reading but this book made me definitely change my mind about books, and made me have a second best author. Well written. Well done.
This book had me on the edge the whole time.
Plus the the title of the book really fits into the story.
Best Book I've Read In A While
Oh. My. Goodness! This book was not much of a thriller - more of an adventure. I love the plotting and how they switched between two characters to tell a story. I would recommend this as a good read for ANYONE. I love it so much!