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Following Chelsea by Shari Green

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978-1-77233-061-8


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Walking in the footsteps of a dead girl isn't easy...

After her social life flatlines, seventeen-year-old Anna Richards wants nothing more than to lie low at her new school. But it seems Anna looks an awful lot like Chelsea, the sweet and popular girl who recently died, and Anna finds herself stepping into the void created by Chelsea's absence.

Anna is determined to make the awkward situation work in her favor, though, because Chelsea didn't just leave a spot open with the in-crowd; she also left a gorgeous--and now available--boyfriend. But it turns out that following Chelsea might be a lot more complicated than Anna expected.

14+ due to adult situations

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Excerpt:

“Can I have my knife back?”

I’m sitting across from Principal Feinstadt in her office. My knife is on the desk between us, partially hidden from my view by an I Heart My Cat mug stuffed with pens. That knife cost me thirty bucks, so she’d better give it back.

“No, Anna,” she says. “Why would you even bring it to school in the first place?”

It goes everywhere with me. Without it, I never would’ve been able to get through the heavy-duty packaging of my new graphing calculator this morning. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t have been able to slash The Leech’s tires last week, either. That’s not going to help my case here, though, so I just say, “I use it to open stuff.”

She seems to be waiting for more of an answer.

“It’s got a screwdriver, too,” I say. “You never know when you’re going to have to screw something.” Mrs. Feinstadt’s mouth twitches. “And there’s a bottle opener.” Tucking my overgrown bangs behind one ear, I reach forward to demonstrate the wonders of my knife, but she covers it with her hand and slides it closer to her side of the desk. “Not that I personally need a bottle opener,” I say, slouching back in my chair, “but it comes in handy when my mom’s on a bender.”

Mrs. Feinstadt raises a hand to interrupt me. “This is serious. It’s a potential weapon, Anna. You can’t bring a potential weapon onto school property.”

“It’s not exactly a switchblade.”

Her arms folded across her chest, she glares across the desk at me.

“Oh, come on,” I say. “You think I’m going to pull a knife on one of my ever-so-charming fellow students?” I look down and pick at the chipped blue polish on my thumbnail. Trust me—if I ever pull a knife on someone, it’ll be you.

Mrs. Feinstadt’s hand smacks the intercom button and she hollers for someone to get in here right now. Stink. Did I say that last bit out loud? Must’ve, because before I know it, both the secretary and old Mr. Jasper have moved into place for backup. Great.

“This student just threatened me with physical violence,” Feinstadt says. Suddenly I’m not Anna anymore. I’m this student. The secretary knows the drill. She calls the police. She calls my mother. And, thanks to this year’s new safety policies, she initiates a lockdown of the whole freaking school.

As Feinstadt deposits my knife in the Drawer of Doom, into which many students’ belongings have entered and from which none has ever returned, I try to explain. “I said if I ever pull a knife, which I wouldn’t. It was hypothetical.”

“It was a threat,” Feinstadt says. When the cops arrive, they naturally take her side and I get the total third degree. After the officers finish impressing upon me the seriousness of my offense, Feinstadt exerts her principalian authority and suspends me for two weeks … until right before finals.

I don’t get my knife back.

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  1. BTS Book Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jul 2015

    This was tender, filled with angst, pain, and eventually recovery. This is a beautiful novel tackling serious issues. The author did an incredible job showing how Anna navigated her way through them. We're introduced to Anna in her last year of school in serious trouble. It's right after that Anna nearly loses everything: her best friend, boyfriend, childhood home, father and soon she's about to lose her identity. When Anna and her mother move for a fresh start, Anna finds herself following in the footsteps of a ghost. She just doesn't bear a resemblance to Chelsea, she's practically her twin and finds herself the object of much speculation. And, Ryan I could feel his pain, understand how he had to cope, make his grief real so he can move on. Ms. Green's writing was beautiful. The ending was perfect, a conclusion with Doran that tied it all nicely together


  2. Gritty, Real, and Heartwrenching 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Nov 2014

    “Strange how being the center of attention can make a person invisible.”
    That line, from Shari Green’s FOLLOWING CHELSEA, perfectly captures both the spirit and the loneliness of its leading lady and first person narrator, seventeen year old Anna Richards.
    Anna is not an easy girl to love, and she knows it. Abandoned by her father, tolerated by her mother, banished from school, and betrayed by both her best friend and her boyfriend, the reader might think Anna would welcome a change of scenery. But Anna’s not really like that. She clings to what is familiar: the Laundromat where she goes to find solace, the house her mother just put up for sale. She manages tension by secretly scrunching her toes inside of her shoes. Unable to wholly process the loss of so many people and things that had defined her world, Anna’s natural response is anger, her demeanor combative.
    And yet, it’s only when she and her mother move away that things get really complicated.
    Mom, of course, sees this as an opportunity for a “fresh start” for both of them. The only problem, Anna realizes upon embarking on her first days at her new school, is that Anna looks just like another girl at that school. A girl named Chelsea.
    And everyone loves Chelsea. And Chelsea is dead—the victim of a drug overdose completely at odds with her so-sweet-girl-next-door reputation.
    Hold on, O reader, before you make any judgments. This is not a ghost story, not a paranormal dream—in fact, there’s nothing overtly supernatural in the entire novel. Anna’s uncanny resemblance to the dead girl everyone loved is a matter of pure coincidence. Although Anna herself (and the reader who takes this journey with her, by extension) may feel rather cursed at every turn, there is no point within this striking and poignant novel that removes her from absolute reality. This is a world the reader can occupy without resorting to fantasy, a horror that fans out not from what our imagination may conjure but from an honest and sometimes merciless accounting of the way real people often are—and from what our own questionable choices may cost us.
    Fortunately, Anna finds Doran, even as she decides to embrace her likeness to Chelsea and, if possible, exploit it. Doran is a “goth,” a “loser,” a fringe dweller that, at one time, Anna may never have even given the time of day. But he’s a brilliant artist, too—and soon becomes Chelsea’s tutor.
    “You’re the densest person ever,” Doran tells her at one point, even as Anna seems to actually become the Chelsea everyone misses--and as her relationship with Chelsea’s old boyfriend, Ryan, morphs into something both delusional and dangerous. “”I’m your friend. Friends care.”
    It’s a good thing, too. As FOLLOWING CHELSEA edges closer and closer towards its touching and dramatic climax, there are points along the way where the reader will feel certain that Anna can never recover herself. There’s a sense that she can never again be who she once was, nor the person she so unwisely chose to follow.
    Without giving it all away, however, just knew that redemption and forgiveness—to the extent these things can be had at the end of an uncompromising novel such as this—are rendered with the same realism and grit as were the conflict that made them seem unattainable in the first place.
    Highly recommended!


  3. Heartwrenching and Real 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Nov 2014

    “Strange how being the center of attention can make a person invisible.”
    That line, from Shari Green’s FOLLOWING CHELSEA, perfectly captures both the spirit and the loneliness of its leading lady and first person narrator, seventeen year old Anna Richards.
    Anna is not an easy girl to love, and she knows it. Abandoned by her father, tolerated by her mother, banished from school, and betrayed by both her best friend and her boyfriend, the reader might think Anna would welcome a change of scenery. But Anna’s not really like that. She clings to what is familiar: the Laundromat where she goes to find solace, the house her mother just put up for sale. She manages tension by secretly scrunching her toes inside of her shoes. Unable to wholly process the loss of so many people and things that had defined her world, Anna’s natural response is anger, her demeanor combative.
    And yet, it’s only when she and her mother move away that things get really complicated.
    Mom, of course, sees this as an opportunity for a “fresh start” for both of them. The only problem, Anna realizes upon embarking on her first days at her new school, is that Anna looks just like another girl at that school. A girl named Chelsea.
    And everyone loves Chelsea. And Chelsea is dead—the victim of a drug overdose completely at odds with her so-sweet-girl-next-door reputation.
    Hold on, O reader, before you make any judgments. This is not a ghost story, not a paranormal dream—in fact, there’s nothing overtly supernatural in the entire novel. Anna’s uncanny resemblance to the dead girl everyone loved is a matter of pure coincidence. Although Anna herself (and the reader who takes this journey with her, by extension) may feel rather cursed at every turn, there is no point within this striking and poignant novel that removes her from absolute reality. This is a world the reader can occupy without resorting to fantasy, a horror that fans out not from what our imagination may conjure but from an honest and sometimes merciless accounting of the way real people often are—and from what our own questionable choices may cost us.
    Fortunately, Anna finds Doran, even as she decides to embrace her likeness to Chelsea and, if possible, exploit it. Doran is a “goth,” a “loser,” a fringe dweller that, at one time, Anna may never have even given the time of day. But he’s a brilliant artist, too—and soon becomes Chelsea’s tutor.
    “You’re the densest person ever,” Doran tells her at one point, even as Anna seems to actually become the Chelsea everyone misses--and as her relationship with Chelsea’s old boyfriend, Ryan, morphs into something both delusional and dangerous. “”I’m your friend. Friends care.”
    It’s a good thing, too. As FOLLOWING CHELSEA edges closer and closer towards its touching and dramatic climax, there are points along the way where the reader will feel certain that Anna can never recover herself. There’s a sense that she can never again be who she once was, nor the person she so unwisely chose to follow.
    Without giving it all away, however, just knew that redemption and forgiveness—to the extent these things can be had at the end of an uncompromising novel such as this—are rendered with the same realism and grit as were the conflict that made them seem unattainable in the first place.
    Highly recommended!


  4. Not to be missed! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Oct 2014

    A poignant story about fully-drawn and conflicted characters, FOLLOWING CHELSEA grabbed my attention from the first line and didn’t let me go. Green is a fresh new voice in contemporary YA fiction—one not to be missed!


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