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Before We Go Extinct

Before We Go Extinct

A Novel

Karen Rivers

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Grief can sometimes feel like being caught in the jaws of a great white shark.

J.C., who goes by the nickname Sharky, has been having a hard time ever since his best friend died in front of him in what might or might not have been an accident. Shell-shocked, Sharky spends countless hours holed up in his room, obsessively watching documentaries about sharks and climate change—and texting his dead friend.

Hoping a change of location will help, Sharky’s mom sends him to visit his dad on a remote island in Canada. There, Sharky meets a girl who just may show him how to live—and love—again.


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My foot is stuck in the toilet bowl in the closet-sized bathroom in the two-bedroom walk-up I live in with my mom on the corner above Alf’s Bodega.


I fell in hard, footfirst....

Praise for Before We Go Extinct

Before We Go Extinct explores the trauma of suicide from both the perspective of the one who dies and the ones who are left behind. This is a book about the importance of experiencing and ultimately overcoming grief by connecting to others who have been grief-stricken themselves.” —VOYA, starred review

"More important is the personal journey JC takes to reconnect with his father, make new friends, and recapture his sense of self along with his voice. The author skillfully pulls together the disparate parts of JC's life through his deeply felt, sometimes humorous, first-person narration. JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity." —Kirkus

"the story’s strength lies in JC’s thoughtful, honest contemplation of his grief. Secondary characters also add emotional depth to his story..."
SLJ

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