Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 20, 2011)
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It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.
But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.
Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.
But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
Character Interview with Wren
RT: Why did you enjoy being alone before Danny came in to your life?
Gives me time to think, read, listen to music without interruptions. If I’m hanging out with someone, I want it to be worth it, you know?
RT: Have you always struggled with your dad leaving you and your mom as a child?
When I was little, it was really confusing, but Mom and Aunt Mari were a great distraction. And as time passed, it just sort of seemed like the way things were. When I got older, I thought more about him, wondered why he left. It’s hard because I don’t want to hurt Mom by asking, but I don’t think it’s fair that she won’t.
RT: You are Jess are best friends... is there something that she always does that drives you crazy?
Well, the “always right” thing can be annoying, except she usually is. Also, she sometimes drools when she sleeps, so you really have to watch your pillow during sleepovers.
RT: How often did you watch Danny sleep?
When he was alive, not very often, although I liked to. I always wondered what he was dreaming, because he looked so peaceful and happy at the same time.
RT: Could you explain your relationship with Gabriel?
Dude, I wish I knew! I like him, even though I didn’t want to, and I think part of what made it easy was the fact that he knew what I could do. It’s hard not to want to talk to someone about the one thing that’s a huge secret, you know? Plus, he’s smart and really funny and he’s just … gentle. Patient. Now I’m blushing.
RT: What do you enjoy doing during your down time?
Alone, it’s usually music, and if no one’s home it’s up LOUD. But I also love to read, and on bad days I love my old favorites, like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I also love love love movies, especially horror or anything spooky. In a dark theater with popcorn and a soda is best, with the sticky floors and the sound of the projector.
RT: Favorite ice cream?
Magic Brownie, Ben and Jerry’s. TRY IT.
RT: Do you think you could ever truly love again after experiencing the love you and Danny had?
I hope so. I want to think so. I think what I learned is that the heart is a lot bigger than you think, and that love isn’t just once, one person, one thing. The best thing about love is that it expands, and it can mean so many things.
RT: So what do see in your future?
Wow, hard to say. I’d love to open an arty movie theater with old movies on weekdays, and run film festivals and stuff. I haven’t thought too much about it yet, although my guidance counselor keeps poking me. I can’t see, like, being a banker or a lawyer or something, because I’m not great at, you know, following rules.
RT: I love your mom... she understands you so well. Tell us how you became so close.
When it’s just you and your mom and one little sister, I think it happens sort of naturally? Or maybe it doesn’t for some people. That’s sort of sad, I guess. And Mom and I could definitely be even closer, although we’re working on it. I think it’s mostly that my mom is pretty cool, and she really loves us. She’s not really wrapped up in what looks good or what people expect, either, which makes it easier.