Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a long line of risk-takers and is an avid thrill-seeker in her own right, until she takes a terrible fall and shatters her leg. Her life used to be about bike racing and rock climbing; now it's about staying home, except for attending physical and group therapy sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center her mom has chosen. Dyna's boyfriend saw her accident and supports her newfound desire for safety, but a young Iraq war veteran she meets at rehab challenges her to think about what she's really avoiding in her old life and to take chances again―even with her heart.
“Dyna is an unusual and invigorating character in realistic fiction . . . The book's matter-of-fact respect for her nature is refreshing . . . The book's swift writing and brevity may entice reluctant readers who'd rather be climbing, or romance fans seeking a strong, unorthodox heroine.” ―BCCB
“Dyna has a lot to learn about risk, reward, and responsibility, but she is a refreshingly active character whose passion for nature, adventure, and life's pleasures sets her apart from the average teen protagonist.” ―The Horn Book
“A quick and enjoyable read.” ―VOYA
“Crompton populates this short novel with memorable characters, and her sharp, smart writing makes it zing, especially when Dyna describes her adrenalin-junkie activities . . . Put this on the shelf next to Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.” ―Booklist
“Raised by her tattoo- and motorcycle-loving parents to take risks, Dyna injures herself in an accident and finds herself emotionally changed . . . Inspiring.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Dyna is a young daredevil and outdoor challenge junkie who loves nothing more than reveling in the mountains and forests of her mid-Hudson Valley home . . . Thoughtful teens will enjoy this satisfying read with well-crafted characters and a nice sense of place.” ―School Library Journal
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High (Sourcebooks). She lives near New York City, but she loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, New York, where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest.