Four Three Two One (Hardcover)
Golden "Go" Jennings is one of four survivors from a tragic bus explosion in New York City. Her boyfriend, Chan, is one of the other survivors. Ever since the explosion, a man has been working to create an art exhibition of the remains to honor the dozens of lives lost. When it is announced that the exhibition will open to the public and that a scholarship fund has been created for the survivors, Go decides its time to return to NYC. But how can she leave her small town when she (basically) just got engaged? It will take 2 other survivors, a new friend, a few cars, and a whole lot of courage to get Go back to New York in time for the opening. — Kelsie (RBB Staff)— From Four Three Two One
“This is not a book about a tragedy. This is a book about survivors, and hope, and belief. I wish this book wasn’t necessary, but it is. Read it. And then pass it on.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“A whip-smart and deeply felt story about reclaiming life from the rubble of guilt and trauma, Four, Three, Two, One glows brilliantly with heart, humanity, and hope.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys and author of Tradition
Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.
Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. With Chan completely closed off to even talking about it, Go makes an impulsive decision: round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21 and hopefully reach some sort of resolution.
But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness, and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.
About the Author
Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small-town South. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, and Olympic torch bearer. She has a pet whale named Herman, a band saw named Rex, and several books with her name on the spine: Faking Normal, The Lies About Truth, Golden Kite Honor Book and Kirkus Best Book of the Year Dress Codes for Small Towns, and Four Three Two One. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. You can visit her online at www.courtneycstevens.com.
“A whip-smart and deeply felt story about reclaiming life from the rubble of guilt and trauma, Four Three Two One glows brilliantly with heart, humanity, and hope.”
— Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys and Tradition
“This is not a book about a tragedy. This is a book about survivors, and hope, and belief. I wish this book wasn’t necessary, but it is. Read it. And then pass it on.”
— Kathleen Glasgow New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
The terrifyingly realistic plot and compelling characters will immediately hook readers’ attention. An original and captivating coming-of-age tale of trauma and resilience.
— Kirkus Reviews
“The unhurried development of characters and events make for a satisfying crescendo. [Stevens] writes with depth and emotion. A great choice for most YA shelves.”
— School Library Journal
“Stevens has written a compelling examination of survivor’s guilt and the stories people construct around senseless tragedy to try to make sense of it, including how damaging those created narratives can be. A gripping story that’s both entertaing and deeply moving.”
— ALA Booklist
“The longer-term effects of tragedy are compellingly limned here. The emotional trajectory is thoughtfully and sympathetically depicted, reminding readers that survival is a long-term process.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books