Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.
Then Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible. When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled 18 Things. Eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.
All she has to do is fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record, and err . . . go on her first date. Good thing Nate, a new hottie in town, enters her life with perfect timing. He brings the fun factor to her list and helps her discover the beauty and strength inside herself, then complicates things by falling in love with her.
But there's more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.
“Eighteen Things” is the debut novel by Jamie Ayres, a resident of Cape Coral Florida, and teacher .
When asked why she chose to write a book for young adults, she explained, “I can testify that stories made me a better person growing up. I’ve always lived in two worlds. One is the world where I actually live, and the other world I took up residence in is where characters made me believe I could go anywhere and be anything I wanted to be. They challenged me to get out of my hiding place and step out in faith, and to not give up so easily. That’s the heart of “18 Things”, and I want to share it with the next generation.”
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