Can’t Wait Wednesday – EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds.  I really enjoyed Reynolds’ debut novel, Opposite of Always, so I’m looking forward to checking out his next book.  This one is described as a YA contemporary novel with a speculative twist, perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera.  I love how unique the storyline is and that it hits on a theme that many of us can probably relate to…losing someone without having had the chance to say goodbye.


EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds

Publication Date:  September 22, 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books


From Goodreads:

Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

22 replies
  1. O
    O says:

    Great pick for this post. Early Departures sounds so good but it also sounds like a book that would stress me out too. Not wanting Q to have to die again, and having to watch Jamal keep that secret. Ooh I hope the ending gives everyone resolution!

  2. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    I had also added this book because I adored Reynolds debut, but when I discovered the inspiration for the story, I just knew it was something I had to read.

  3. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    This sounds like it will be an intense read. And it reminds me of a book V. E. Schwab has written about the same topic. My wishlist just got bigger *sigh* Thank you for sharing and happy reading!

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