The Possibility of Now (Hardcover)

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Mara James has always been a perfectionist with a plan. But despite years of overachieving at her elite school, Mara didn't plan on having a total meltdown during her calculus exam. Like a rip-up-the-test-and-get-escorted-out kind of meltdown. And she definitely didn't plan on never wanting to show her face again. Mara knows she should go back,only she can't bring herself to do it. Because suddenly she doesn't know why she's been overachieving all these years. So Mara tells her mom she wants to go live with her estranged dad in Tahoe. Maybe in a place like Tahoe, where people go to get away from everyday life, and with a dad like Trick McHale, a ski bum avoiding real life, Mara can figure things out. Except Tahoe is nothing like she thought it would be. There are awesome new friends and a chance to finally get to know Trick, but there are also still massive amounts of schoolwork. Can Mara find a balance between the future and the now, or will she miss out on both?

About the Author

Kim Culbertson is the author of The Possibility of Now; Catch a Falling Star; Instructions for a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter, her favorite travel companions. For more about Kim, visit

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Praise for The Possibility of Now

“Culbertson has once again crafted a cast of relatable teen characters and experiences and constructed a story reinforcing the idea that perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be. Both a cautionary tale against convention as well as an invitation to take uncharacteristic strides forward, this will hit close to home for many teens.” --Booklist

“Anyone who has felt the pressure to be number one will empathize with Mara's struggle to accept setbacks, move forward, and feel the joy of spontaneity.” --Publishers Weekly

“A solid read for realistic fiction addicts.” --School Library Journal

“Culbertson throws enough romance and party fun into her story to keep readers engaged, but the main thrust of the story is how Mara comes to terms with who she is, what her relationship will be with her father, and discovering her real goals in life.” --Kirkus

“Culbertson has created a realistic view of middle-class teen life today. This is a quick read that may help some teens deal with high school stress.” --VOYA

Praise for Catch a Falling Star

"Culbertson writes with sensitivity and sympathy, crafting an entertaining but perceptive character study." --Kirkus Reviews

"Culbertson is a capable writer, and she gives Carter a good heart that shines through." --Publisher's Weekly

"[R]eaders will enjoy every minute of Carter and Adam's revelatory moments and conflicts." --School Library Journal

"Thoughtful and romantic, Catch a Falling Star shines with insight about the choices we make and the worlds we create." --Jessi Kirby, author of Moonglass, In Honor, and Golden

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545731461
ISBN-10: 0545731461
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English