Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 240 pages, 6.81 × 4.2 × 0.68 in
Published: October 30, 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743412524
ISBN - 13: 9780743412520
Read from the Book
Chapter One I''ve realized that I can sum up my entire life with the statement of two very simple facts. And when presented together, they are so ironically juxtaposed that they are either sickening or hysterical. They are proof positive -- as if proof were needed -- that my life is nothing more than somebody''s cruel joke. Fact #1: I am fearless. Fact #2: I am always running away. There you have it: the sum total of my existence, Gaia Moore in a hermetically sealed nutshell. Pathetic, isn''t it? A fearless girl who runs away? It''s on par with being a stunningly beautiful girl who has to wear a paper bag over her head or an investment-banking billionaire who lives in a trailer park. But let''s be clear here. True, I can''t feel fear. This is not the same thing as being brave, however. It''s not like I see myself in some Roman epic, weighted down with a hundred pounds of armor, taking on fifty lions or re-creating a glorious battle. I''m no gladiator. Gladiators were brave. Because being brave necessarily means being able to experience fear and then being able to overcome it. But then, that''s my problem, isn''t it? I''m not just fearless. I''m "braveless," too. At the very least, you''d think this little fluke in my genetics would enable me to stay in one place for a while. If I''m not afraid of anything, why the hell should I ever have to run away, right? To that end, fearlessness shouldn''t prevent me from making a true friend, either. Or actually keeping a true friend. Or
From the Publisher
I thought I loved Sam.
He betrayed me. Now he''s gone.
I thought I loved my uncle. He doesn''t know what love is.
He only wants to use me.
About the Author
Francine Pascal Francine Pascal grew up in New York City and attended New York University. She is the author of the Sweet Valley High series, featuring twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. She had originally planned the idea for a daytime soap for teens, but a close friend talked her into making the idea into a book series instead. Pascal has also written "Hangin' Out with Cici, which became an ABC After School Special called "My Mother Was Never a Kid", "The Hand-Me-Down Kid," also made into an ABC After School Special, "My First Love and Other Disasters," and "Love and Betrayal & Hold the Mayo." She has also worked on a musical and several adult books, and is the executive director for the Sweet Valley High TV show.