The title of this post is very dramatic and potentially misleading for people expecting something like…a real miracle. But I should probably let it be known that it’s not a real miracle, but it’s a Codie miracle – which sounds stupid. Here’s what happened:
So, I’ve been signing up for Goodreads book giveaways for at least six years, and I have never won a book.
It was very late, about 3:15 AM, and I was up writing a paper that I should’ve done weeks ago. I was stressing-out because I had one page left to write and absolutely nothing else to say, so I did what any responsible person would do – I ate gummy worms and started watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I was laughing at something Charlie said when, miraculously, (I use that word loosely) I hear a ping coming from my computer. So I scooped my phone up off of the table (I hate checking my email on my computer) and I see an email from Goodreads with the big letters “Congrats – You are a Giveaways Winner!” Of course my mind couldn’t comprehend what it was reading because:
A) I’m high on sour gummy worms
B) I’m high on laughter from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
So, I promptly fell asleep after a few episodes and never finished my paper. That morning, about 8:30 (I have no idea how I’m remembering these times), I awake with this nagging in my head that I need to recall something. After some time I remember and
run…nowhere because my phone is in my pocket
reach into my pocket to retrieve my cell phone, and check my email to realize it really happened!!!
The End Result:
So, I ended up with this book I REALLY wanted called, Elanor by Jason Gurley.
Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.
Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.