The Beat of My Past
"Life is like a song."
"Jacob, please don't. Didn't you just fail the poetry unit?"
"Life can get so loud and stressful at times, but then it can be quiet and calm the next moment."
"I swear you've gotta be quoting someone."
"And like a song, life can have sudden pauses, where no music is playing and everything freezes, as though time itself has stopped. Of course, eventually the song will start up again and everything will resume as it was. Then before you know it, the song is over. No more pauses. No more noise. Just silence."
Everything about Hannah Cloutier's life is broken.
One brother doesn't want to be recognized; the other is hardly recognizable. One parent has suddenly slipped away; the other's sanity slowly slips away. One friend from the past remains loyal; the other is as disloyal as they come.
Starting Grade 12, Anna does her best to exceed in school. Not being exceptionally athletic, she tutors fellow students in her free time, when not hanging out with one of her two best friends: Claire and Dominic. She and Nick have been best friends for eight years, and to say they've been through a lot together would be an understatement.
Two and a half years ago, Anna went through the hardest "Pause" of her life. Now she seeks nothing but to live ordinarily, like nothing ever happened. However, the arrhythmic beat of her past refuses to stay where it belongs.
On top of her past problems and friendship dilemmas, a new stereotypical delinquent, who just so happens to need a tutor, arrives at Anna's school. Meanwhile, an unknown danger lurks in the shadows, ready to wreak havoc.
*WARNING* WILL CONTAIN BULLYING AND DEPRESSION, AS WELL AS COARSE LANGUAGE.
IT MAY SEEM LIKE THIS BOOK WILL BE ONE HUGE CLICHÉ, BUT IT WON'T BE. THAT'S A PROMISE.
READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.