"I remember being at the zoo with my parents once when I was much younger. I'd opened my hand to wave over my Dad, releasing the string of the balloon I'd been given upon arrival, and it just drifted off into the sunless sky, a flamboyant red speck against a backdrop of slate. And I just watched it as it disappeared, the sky swallowing it whole. But maybe that speaks to life itself: Maybe all of the balloons we lost to the sky as children were just preparing us for this: How life's fleeting and passing and so casually fucking perishable."
Thea Garrity lived through It the day Lana Stanley brought a gun to Townshill High school and opened fire. Two people never made it out of the school alive.
Now, seven months after the fact, Thea has graduated and done everything in her power to forget about that day in October. As a former straight-A student with college ambitions, it came as a shock to her parents when she decided that she wanted to take a year off before going to college. For the first time in her life, she has no plans, no idea what she's supposed to do next, and as the summer looms ahead of her unceremoniously, there is one thing she's sure of: She's fine.