I should have died quick. But I didn't. I'm a miracle of modern medicine, only the medicine doesn't get much credit, I notice. People say I'm lucky, or I'm blessed, and then they turn away.
I'm not the only miracle. There's Odd too.
Polly Furnas had The Plan for the future. Get married to Bridger Morgan, for one. College, career, babies. Etc. All the important choices were made.
It was all happily-ever-after as a diamond-ring commercial.
But The Plan did not include a lethal drug-resistant infection. It did not include “some more reconstruction and scar revision in the future." And it certainly did not include Odd Estes, a trip to Portland in an ancient Cadillac to "tear Bridger a new one," fly fishing, marshmallows, Crisco, or a loaded gun.
But plans change. Stories get revised and new choices must be made.
Polly and Odd have choices. Surviving or not. Catch or release.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Blythe Woolston is a reader. Right now, she makes her living indexing scholarly books. She has also worked as a writing teacher, library clerk, and production coordinator for a computer book publisher. Writing books is a new way for her to love reading.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
loved this book in that way that makes me want to copy down quotes and put them on my wall. also sort of a little bit insanely jealous I didn't write it. but way glad I read it.
I'm essentially blown away by Blythe Woolston's latest novel, CATCH & RELEASE. Never has a book about a flesh-eating disease been so oddly romantic, so compelling. And perhaps you, readers, are thinking, "but I don't know of any other novels about a flesh-eating disease." But that's the thing. It doesn't matter. This book is the zenith of flesh-eating disease books.Polly, a recent survivor of a lethal drug-resistant infection which killed most of its other victims, certainly never imagined herself in her current position. Recently released from the hospital, she and her friend-but-not-friend Odd are the only ones who didn't bite it in the quarantine unit. Not that there aren't personal casualties, so to speak. Odd lost a leg. And Polly lost an eye, and most of one side of her face. She hasn't heard from her boyfriend lately either.Now stuck on an accidental road trip with Odd, stopping to fish -- the one thing they have in common -- every once in a while, Polly is left to figure out her new plan. The plan that no longer involves her boyfriend and the future she'd seen for them together. She's not exactly thrilled about being stuck on the road with Odd. But it might be the only way to figure it all out. The plan, that is.Complete with the characters' monster-themed alphabet book for children (in rhyming verse, made up on the spot), and the addition of "beranoia" to my vernacular, CATCH & RELEASE is absolutely a must-read for 2012. Woolston's voice is impeccable, and Polly is a character you won't soon forget.