Early Departures

Early Departures

Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Title:Early Departures
Edition Language:English
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    Early Departures Reviews

  • Justin A Reynolds

    UPDATE #7:OMFG!?! (as originally posted under this author dude's other very crappy book)someone please check my blood pressure bc my heart is pounding and NOT in that "i have glorious news" way.y'all,...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "I'll always be with you, I'm everywhere you are."I am officially a puddle of mush. If there is one lesson I took away from this book, it's that we should make every moment count, because we never kno...

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Thank you Katherine Tegen Books for the gifted review copy!When I say Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favorite authors, I mean he's one of my favorite authors. No questions asked. I read Opposite of A...

  • Bridget Masters

    If it's anything like Opposite of Always, I'm here for it....

  • -??Jamie??-

    “How are we supposed to leave the past behind, if it doesn’t leave us too?” Thank you to Epic Reads and the publisher for this ARC! All opinions are my own.I... honestly don't know if...

  • Gerardine  Betancourt

    Think about how you live if you knew you only have a few days leftIn this book, Jamal Anderson has been angry with his best friend Quinn for 2 years after a call from his friend led to the death of Ja...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    YES. YES. YES! Opposite of Always was one of my favorite reads of 2019, can't WAIT to read this one. (My review of Opposite of Always here.)...

  • Nursebookie

    My first book from Justin Reynolds and I am a fan! I was pleasantly surprised on how amazing this book was. I read this book without first reading what it’s about and I stayed away from early review...

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Ah, it's another book in which I don't know how to do it justice because it was that fabu...

  • Bang Bang Books

    Great concept but the execution...Issues I Had With This Book* The Pacing was a Bit Off- After Q is reanimated, the pacing goes a bit too fast. Q and Jamal had a big falling out where Jamal just ghost...