Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
On Sale: October 23, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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Crippled with guilt after causing a horrific accident two
years earlier, sixteen-year-old Bett’s life is a series of
pluses and minuses. But when the pluses become too much to
outweigh the minuses, Bett is forced to confront her
self-harming behavior in this stirring and powerful novel
Bett’s life is a series of pluses and minuses: good moments
she believes she doesn’t deserve, and self-punishments that
she believes she does.
Two years ago Bett was athletic, fearless, and prone to
daredevil behavior (fizzicle feats, she called them).
But when a dare gone wrong leaves her best friend severely
and permanently injured, everything changes. Now, Bett is
extremely overweight, depressed, and forbids herself from
enjoying anything in life, from her favorite sports to
having friends—anything she determines to be a plus. But
some pluses can’t be avoided, and when that happens, Bett
punishes herself through binge eating. As long as she can
keep the pluses and minuses balanced, she can make it
through another day.
Then, on the first day of junior year, it’s immediately
clear that Bett has to shift gears. The driver of the small
motley crew on the bus with her is also the school’s track
coach who is hell-bent on recruiting them all for his team.
And running happens to be Bett’s favorite thing to do, which
means it’s the last thing she’ll allow herself to do, or
else she’ll have to minus each run out with a dozen Hostess
cupcakes. Not only that, but there’s a vandal destroying all
the art at the school, and Bett finds herself and her new
teammates at the forefront of the rebellion against the
vandal—despite the fact that this rebellion involves the
very same fizzicle feats Bett swore she’d NEVER do
again. Suddenly Bett’s life is full of pluses, too many to
balance with even a grocery store’s worth of cupcakes. And
she finds herself agonizing: Should she continue to punish
herself for enjoying life when her best friend can’t in the
same way? Or should she finally allow herself to live again?
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