Chandler Baker

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Bestselling author Chandler Baker joins us this week. Her latest novel is THIS IS NOT THE END (Disney-Hyperion, August 8, 2017).

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Chandler Baker is out with her latest novel, THIS IS NOT THE END (Disney-Hyperion, August 8, 2017). She  is the author of the much-praised young adult thriller Alive (Disney-Hyperion, 2015), as well as the bestselling High School Horror series (Macmillan Publishing, 2017).

Chandler got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, received a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Texas. She is a practicing attorney in Austin where she lives with her family.

THIS IS NOT THE END – Editorial Reviews

“A deeply emotional supernatural thriller with the perfect romantic twist, This is Not the End will totally capture your imagination this summer.” — Brit + Co

“A stunning feat of storytelling that explores one girl’s impossible decision, the depth of grief and the long-buried secrets, This Is Not The End will leave every reader’s pulse in a frenzy.” — PopSugar

“Chandler Baker’s story is almost compulsively readable, and you’ll be tearing through the pages to the final twist reveal, but it’s celebration of life and living along the way that makes it so powerful” — Bustle

“The way this unique and thoughtful look at death, grief and self-discovery reveals the relationships between the characters in two alternating timelines teases you to the suspenseful outcome, GAH…that twist!” — Justine Magazine

“The book smartly deals with grief on many levels and among all the characters. Losing two friends at and being close to the families of the deceased compounds the overwhelming sadness, grief, and guilt that Lake feels. While the author makes sure the reader does not drown in such weighty issues, Baker also does not use the resurrection technology as an easy fix concerning Lake’s choice. The technology actually intensifies the questions and issues Lake must confront…a provocative, twisty story with appeal across genders and genres” –VOYA

ABOUT THIS IS NOT THE END  (Disney-Hyperion, August 8, 2017)

Three weeks before Lake Devereaux’s 18th birthday, her best friend, Penny, and boyfriend, Will, are killed in a car accident. Baker (Teen Frankenstein) sets her novel in a near future where resurrection technology allows every 18-year-old to bring one person back to life, leaving Lake with a big, imminent decision. Further complicating her choice is a secret (and illegal) vow made to her family years before, in which she promised her resurrection to someone who hasn’t yet died. The sweetness of Lake’s burgeoning relationship with Ringo, a boy haunted by his own resurrection choice, counterbalances the story’s themes of death and grief. Through Ringo, Lake’s eyes open to a world outside her insular, long-standing friendship with Penny and Will. Baker never makes Lake’s relationships with her late friends seem unimportant or childish as she delicately illustrates Lake’s growing realization that life is for the living, even in a world in which death doesn’t quite mean what it once did. Lake’s journey of self-discovery is emotional and surprising, and will stay with readers. – Publishers Weekly

For more on Chandler, here’s her website. You can also keep up with her on Twitter.