Kim is fifteen, and going through a hard time with her parents’ divorce. She’s anything but a bookworm, but one day she attends a school reading—and every word the author reads seems to be about her! It feels a bit like déjà vu—it’s like the visiting author is re-telling Kim’s life story. Without further ado Kim buys the book, but she’s immediately confronted by a dilemma: dare she read the rest of the 140 pages or will reading them make what’s written all the more likely to come true?
It’s the beginning of a crazy period during which Kim finds herself doing all sorts of things for the first time. She breaks into the author’s apartment, gets to know her parents from a totally new perspective and discovers a lot about herself. In the end she finds herself desperately trying to save a boy’s life. Because Jonathan—the boy in the book who bears a striking resemblance to Kim’s classmate Jasper—ends up dying after being stung by a wasp on a school outing. In order to save Jasper from the same fate, Kim has to obliterate all parallels between the novel and her own life.
• a sublime and inspiring piece of young adult crossover fiction—witty, offbeat and thought-provoking
• Alina Bronsky is one of the best-known and most original writers on the contemporary literary scene in Germany