Can eighteen things save a life? 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 accident and Olga feels responsible. The sarcastic, nerdy girl who never missed a day of school is suddenly lost and unable to deal with the emotional pain. When she downs an entire bottle of pain pills, 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.
Olga enlists the help of her friends and becomes a catalyst for healing in their own lives as they eagerly offer suggestions. 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. Maybe it’s time to put into practice the lessons her list has taught her. Just as she’s finally embracing the joys of YOLO, her therapist reveals a big secret and Olga’s world is shaken.
In the past year it took eighteen remarkable things to change a life, but nothing she believed about her mission is true. Now she doesn’t just risk losing her true soul-mate forever, she risks losing her very soul. There’s only one thing she knows for certain. Her choice will affect their future for all eternity.
~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~Jamie asked what my 18 things were. 18 things on my bucket list. 18 things that I want to do before I die. In all honesty I've never made one of these things. For me, it's just setting myself up for failure. I understand the importance of dreams and sometimes I think maybe I have too many but for the sake of promotion (and a book that looks very interesting), I sat down and I tried to think of 18 things that I would put on my bucket list if I had written one. Some of them are personal, some of them are ridiculous and frankly some of them might be made up but here we go.
- Publish a novel
- Graduate University
- Get married once
- Live in Ireland for a year
- See a sunset and sunrise in the middle of the Mediterranean
- Get to a healthy weight that I like and stay there
- Be a bartender in Scotland
- Sing in an ampitheatre
- Spend a weekend in a Haunted Castle
- Open a bed and breakfast
- Learn Russian
- Tour Europe singing on the streets
- Go to San Diego Comic Con
- Be the voice of an animated character
- Be in Japan for the Cherry Blossom Festival
- Go Horseback riding on a Welsh countryside
- Learn Archery
- Spend a week in Australia getting absolutely drunk
- Tour France with someone I could spend the rest of my life with
- Write Legendary
- Write the perfect murder
- Never retire