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The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

Lauren arrives in the small town with a broken heart and a secret. She has temporarily moved in with her aunt and uncle and their three children after a traumatic incident with her mother and baby brother. She feels adrift and torn with guilt, fear, and worry.

Colby is a star on the town’s beloved football team with a secret of his own. He knows how much the town, his team, his best friend, Benny, and his father are counting on him to have a good football season. But he dreams of a future that does not involve football and he dreads telling his father and letting down his team. And then Benny has a terrible motorcycle accident and Colby’s world is turned upside-down.

Colby finds solace in Lauren, but promises his father “no girls” during football season. After trying to keep their distance, they decide to be just friends, and together they organize fundraisers for Benny’s care and begin to find happiness behind the sorrow and the secrets.

And then, on the night before the last big football game, Lauren’s mother calls and asks her to come home and be a family again. What will they do?

The chapters alternate between their two voices, Lauren’s told in verse and Colby’s in prose. I enjoyed both their stories and was eager to see how their lives unfolded and became one. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but found it very satisfactory. In all, a believable and absorbing read.

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