"I thought about killing myself the old-fashioned way: overdosing on a handful of pills, driving my truck into a tree. But I didn't want to be buried beside my mom's empty coffin. I wanted to be with her. In the deep."
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I'm Grace O’Neal, the sixteen-year-old girl whose blood oozed into the ocean. If you’re wondering what happened to me, I didn't die that night. Adam wouldn't let me. At first, I didn't want his help. A strange new islander with no shoes and a retro haircut. Who did he think he was? My hero? But when he pushed me to accept my mom’s drowning, to heal, I realized I needed a friend. I should have known someone so weird and wonderful wasn't a normal teenage guy. I should have known my complicated life was going to get a lot more complicated when I fell in love with him ... and lost him to the sea.
"I love Grace ... I love the storyline - it's an imaginative, emotive, contemporary take off of The Little Mermaid ... really absorbing and moving." - Sherie Posesorski, young adult author and literary critic for the Globe & Mail