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All We Know of Heaven
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All We Know of Heaven
A Novel
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Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

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  • ATOS:
    4.7
  • Lexile:
    760
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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Excerpts-
  • Chapter One

    the first valentine's day

    Once she understood that she was dead, her first thought was that heaven was overrated.

    Perhaps she wasn't in heaven but in purgatory, sort of heaven's mudroom. Either way, everything her grandmother and Father Genovese had taught her was a lie.

    There were no streets of gold or a cappella singing, no elderly ancestors like little apple dolls gathered to welcome her, no mountain sunsets — not even Disney World without lines.

    But it took such a long time to think of this that it made her wonder if she was alive — or if maybe being dead took getting used to, like cold water or the dentist.

    At first she could only think of the place where she was as PUH.

    And even for that she had to sort of scale her way up her thoughts, as if thinking was a climbing rope in the gym.

    Pee.

    Pie.

    Please.

    Tree.

    See.

    Seats.

    Store.

    No! Nononono. No. Start over.

    Story.

    Pie story.

    Pug hug.

    Piggy hug.

    Pug.

    It took her many times, as long as a carpet unrolling forever, to think of the word for . . . purgatory. Trying to wiggle into her own mind wore her out. She couldn't even find the door.

    And being an angel was supposed to be easy compared with life. But did angels think? Maybe she wasn't an angel.

    Maybe what she'd done with Danny had disqualified her.

    Maybe only ghosts had these kinds of issues.

    How was it possible that she could think of words such as "disqualified" and "issues" but not ordinary words — and she knew that there were words — for the "lights" and "darks"? How could she remember Danny but not, half the time, her own name?

    Her mind was like her grandmother's refrigerator: a jumble of little things, some moldy beyond recognition but still frugally saved — two brown coins of banana, a few spoonfuls of rice — all in little plastic-wrapped squares. And she couldn't open the stuck-together little squares. She couldn't get them unstuck any more than she could open her eyes. She couldn't get her eyes to open, not even for a second.

    She wasn't sad.

    You weren't supposed to be sad at your death. But she wasn't joyous either.

    Where was the bliss?

    When they were tiny, adults called them the Pigtail Pals, as if they were a brand of doll. When they were bigger, they called them the Dyno Mites, as if they were a stomp team. Always together — two elfin blond things, tiny but shockingly strong (Bridget could walk up thirteen stairs on her hands by the time she was eight). They took Tumbleweeds together at the Y and after that headed off to cheerleading classes and camp, even though at their school it was the pom girls who had been revered as sex goddesses and the cheerleaders treated basically like scum. But now that they were sophomores there were cheerleading movies (and no pom-pom movies!); plus, the cheerleaders had the best bodies of anyone, thighs with strips of long, lean muscle that amazed even the girls themselves when they stood in front of a mirror in underpants.

    Sometimes it seemed worth it.

    As they had grown older — at least according to Maureen's older brother Jack — they resembled each other even more. Sometimes they bought the same clothes in different colors, if Maureen could afford them. If Maureen couldn't, sometimes Bridget bought the clothes for both of them. On sale, but still.

    They loved being seen as a pair.

    Bridget and Maureen took pride in the marks on the Flannery garage door that showed, year after year, that they were exactly the same height — not one half inch taller or shorter. They had the same huge, almond-slanted gold-flecked green eyes; and they could charm anyone — usually out of anything. Well, Bridget was the one who did the charming, which was what...

About the Author-
  • New York Times bestseller Jacquelyn Mitchard's novels include The Deep End of the Ocean, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane. She is also the author of The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, a collection of her newspaper columns. She lives with her husband and six children in Madison, Wisconsin.

Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 26, 2008
    Riveting, compassionate and psychologically nuanced, Mitchard's (Now You See Her
    ) second YA novel reimagines the macabre true story that is also the subject of the current bestselling memoir Mistaken Identity
    (reviewed online). She brings to her treatment an emotional depth that balances the sensational plot: after a car crash, a 16-year-old lies in a coma, wondering at first if she is dead; meanwhile, friends and family bury the girl's best friend, a victim of the same accident. Weeks pass before the girl emerges from the coma and begins trying to say her name—and before various inconsistencies alert the hospital staff that the girls have been misidentified. Both major and minor characters move through this novel with their histories succinctly evoked: readers will understand how each arrives at this shocking moment, and they will marvel at the acuity with which Mitchard moves them forward. As the survivor, Maureen, recovers—incompletely, as she is left with brain injuries—she struggles to redefine herself in the wake of powerful mixed reactions from her small-town community, including both sets of parents, reactions that intensify as she and her late friend's boyfriend explore previously submerged feelings for each other. Utterly gripping, and far more compelling than the factual version. Ages 12–up.

  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2008
    Gr 9 Up-When two friends are in a car accident, one is killed and the other horribly injured and left in a coma. The girls are misidentified, and it's Bridget's parents and boyfriend who sit by the bedside waiting for her to awaken, while Maureen is actually the one alive. When Maureen awakens, it becomes apparent that a funeral was held for the wrong teen. The family of the one who survived is understandably overjoyed, but Bridget's is thrown into chaos. In addition to relearning to walk, speak, and even think properly, Maureen has to deal with the guilt of hurting Bridget's family, the loss of her best friend, and her emerging feelings for Bridget's boyfriend. Mitchard's novel was inspired by a recent national headline, though she changed several of the details. One of the author's strengths is how she moves between the points of view of all of her characters, clearly illustrating the different emotions of the people in the town. She doesn't shy away, either, from the reality of recovering from a brain injury. It is clear that Maureen will never have the same abilities she once did. The romantic relationship between her and Danny seems unrealistic, but it adds an element of normalcy to a story that could otherwise be too tragic and heavy. Girls who love to read melodrama and tragedy will enjoy this novel."Stephanie L. Petruso, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Odenton, MD"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    March 15, 2008
    Both 16, Bridget and Maureen, best friends and neighbors in small-town Minnesota, look a lot alike, and when Maureens car crashes and the driver dies, everyone assumes that Maureen has been killed and its Bridget who lingers in a coma. Later, however, dental records prove that its Maureen who has survived, and Bridgets family and boyfriend must suddenly cope with their grief, while Maureens family joyfully helps her through the months of recovery. The situation may be highly dramatic, but details seem to overwhelm the storyalong with minutiae of Maureens brain injury, therapy, and recovery, come the emotions of the family members who find themselves suddenly in mourning. Theres also Maureens relationship with Danny (kind, wise, and totally gorgeous), with whom she has sex. Give this to readers who like descriptive stories; theyll relish the specifics and be caught up by the tabloid drama, as well as by the survivor guilt that makes Maureen feel as if shes being punished for living.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Riveting, compassionate and psychologically nuanced...utterly gripping"

  • ALA Booklist

    "Give this to readers...they'll relish the specifics and be caught by the tabloid drama"

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