Four Three Two One (Hardcover)
Imagine surviving a bus bomb attack - I can't either. Courtney Stevens can and has written a thoughtful novel, written from four survivors' points of view. One year after the attack, the teens are invited back to the scene for a memorial. Survivor's guilt is eating at them for one reason or another - can they survive or be eaten alive? I found this story fascinating, but I had to take breaks to think about what the characters were feeling and doing as a result of their inner struggles.— Kim Vogel
“This is not a book about a tragedy. This is a book about survivors, and hope, and belief. I wish this book wasn’t necessary, but it is. Read it. And then pass it on.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“A whip-smart and deeply felt story about reclaiming life from the rubble of guilt and trauma, Four, Three, Two, One glows brilliantly with heart, humanity, and hope.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys and author of Tradition
Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.
Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. With Chan completely closed off to even talking about it, Go makes an impulsive decision: round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21 and hopefully reach some sort of resolution.
But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness, and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.
Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small-town South. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, and Olympic torch bearer. She has a pet whale named Herman, a band saw named Rex, and several books with her name on the spine: Faking Normal, The Lies About Truth, Golden Kite Honor Book and Kirkus Best Book of the Year Dress Codes for Small Towns, and Four Three Two One. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. You can visit her online at www.courtneycstevens.com.
“A whip-smart and deeply felt story about reclaiming life from the rubble of guilt and trauma, Four Three Two One glows brilliantly with heart, humanity, and hope.” — Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys and Tradition
“This is not a book about a tragedy. This is a book about survivors, and hope, and belief. I wish this book wasn’t necessary, but it is. Read it. And then pass it on.” — Kathleen Glasgow New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
The terrifyingly realistic plot and compelling characters will immediately hook readers’ attention. An original and captivating coming-of-age tale of trauma and resilience. — Kirkus Reviews
“The unhurried development of characters and events make for a satisfying crescendo. [Stevens] writes with depth and emotion. A great choice for most YA shelves.” — School Library Journal
“Stevens has written a compelling examination of survivor’s guilt and the stories people construct around senseless tragedy to try to make sense of it, including how damaging those created narratives can be. A gripping story that’s both entertaing and deeply moving.” — ALA Booklist
“The longer-term effects of tragedy are compellingly limned here. The emotional trajectory is thoughtfully and sympathetically depicted, reminding readers that survival is a long-term process.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books