A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen Book Launch at Busboys and Poets

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Please join Rocky Callen to celebrate the release of her contemporary young adult novel, A Breath Too Late.

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Please join Rocky Callen to celebrate the release of her contemporary young adult novel, A Breath Too Late.

As an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, Rocky will share her own journey grappling with depression, the story behind the book’s creation, and her mission to inspire young people to seek out hope in even the darkest of places.

“Ellie’s life may be fiction, but the themes of her life are not. The statistics of suicide, domestic violence, and mental illness are staggering and the only way we can dismantle the stigma that shroud these issues are with the truth of our stories.” - Rocky Callen

Come to celebrate life in all of its mess and beauty.Come to remember that hope still lives in the dark.A Breath Too Late releases on April 28, 2020 and is available for pre-order through the launch venue, Busboys and Poets.

About the Book:

For fans of Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, and Girl, Interrupted comes a haunting and breathtaking YA contemporary debut novel that packs a powerful message: hope can be found in the darkness.“Achingly poignant . . . a love letter and a life raft to the brokenhearted.” –New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death.But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There's her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. And Ellie's determined to find out why a piece of her was left behind.Told in epistolary-like style, Rocky Callen's deeply movingA Breath Too Late sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places.

Perfect for fans of the critically-acclaimed Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, and If I Stay."An exquisitely played love song to life, in all of its hurts, wonders, memories, and loves." –Jeff Zentner, Morris Award winning author ofThe Serpent King and Goodbye Days"A haunting story, punctuated with brilliant points of hope and light. This is an important story. A necessary story . . . Callen’s writing radiates with passion, honesty and love." —National Book Award finalist and Printz Award–winning author An Na"A memorable, hopeful story of regret.” —Kirkus Reviews

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