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A funny book for any serious reader. Review Posted Online: Dec. During a swim, Riley misses an important opportunity to receive a heart transplant.
While the rest of her family is upset over this, Riley insists that they stay out of her business, saying that she can take care of herself. Meanwhile, Paul, studying philosophy at NYU, is constantly thinking about Alice and his feelings towards her.
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Still unaware of Riley's condition, he is bitter and angry towards Alice. He even attends an old island acquaintance's wedding with a beautiful date to spite her. Riley finally tells Paul of her medical problems, admitting that she isn't entirely sure she wants a heart transplant.
He donates the money to Bellevue Hospital , where his wealthy but wild-living father died long ago. One night back in the city, Alice returns from work to find Riley has died.
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The funeral is held and Alice and her parents go to Fire Island to spread her ashes. Alice volunteers to tend to the beach house, as the family has decided to sell it.
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Paul turns up one day, discovering his house has been sold to a new family whose children Alice babysits each morning. The story ends with Alice and Paul having sex and leaving the Island for the first time together; she has decided to apply to NYU school of social work and be with Paul. Early reviews have been mixed, with Publishers Weekly calling the book a "mediocre" read,  but Library Journal calling the novel "thoughtful," and that it will "please her innumerable fans. The screenplay was written by Jessica Goldberg and rewritten by Mike Thompson. Julie Anne Robinson is attached to direct the movie; it will be her second feature-length film following The Last Song.