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Now available, R.A. Nelson's new book, The Rules of Forever

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Joan hates her name and her Army brat life. Funny, sharp, vulnerable, she’s left friends behind in 4 states and calls herself “ninja romantic.” Allen’s a football star who’s secretly a dreamy misfit with a passion for e.e. cummings. But those lives are gone forever. Bedridden in a military hospital, they are doomed to nightmarish days of fear, boredom, and misery – until they meet online. Kindred spirits, they desperately craft a secret digital sanctuary governed only by 4 unbreakable rules:

Rule 1: NO MEDICAL JUNK

Rule 2: NOTHING SPECIFIC

Rule 3: FLAKING OUT IS MANDATORY

Rule 4: NO DISAPPEARING

Raw, uplifting, laced with humor and sensuality, their unforgettable story is told entirely in their chat room voices. Free to laugh, rage, share dreams lost forever, they forge a fiery Terabithia of the mind beyond pain and grief and crash into a searing, impossible first love – before it’s too late to say goodbye. A new love story by the author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name.



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Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list


West Virginia News and Sentinel Best Books of the Year


Nominated for Rodda Book Award


Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal Winner


YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nomination


Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice Award


New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age


Nominated for Best Books for Young Adults List


Texas Library Association Tayshas List


Teensreadtoo.com Hall of Fame Gold Star Award


Tamora Pierce, Favorite Reads


Flamingnet Top Choice Award


Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick


Books for the Teen Age selected by the New York Public Library


Booksense Kid Picks


Romance Times Best Books of the Year


YALSA BBYA Best Books for Young Adults (nominated)


Best Young Adult Literature of the Year, Iowa City School District


Horn Book Magazine Newcomers List


Miami Herald Best Books of the Year


Teenreads.com Best Books of the Year


Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (Top Twenty)


Great Books Baltimore County Public Library


Dona Vaughn SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant


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