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Thea would do anything to make the people she loves happy . . . but how much can she give away and still be herself?
The Sebastians have a tradition of falling in love at sixteen, and Thea is ready for it to happen to her, but so far she hasn't met anyone except the moving-van driver who deposited her and her family in their new home. As the sisters and their untraditional parents, Nicky and Megs, unpack yet again, Thea dreams of whispers, longing glances, and romance.
But what she gets is a volunteer job at the local hospital. Thea figures she'll be fluffing pillows, playing with children, and reading books aloud, and it will help Nicky's chances of striking a business deal with community leaders. So she doesn't mind when she's matched up with Gina, a young leukemia patient. She minds even less when she meets Gina's big brother, Kip.
Kip is devoted to his sister, and he and Thea are quickly drawn together by their fight for Gina's health and happiness. But their alliance is soon tested by illness, family, and a tragedy in Thea's life—one that will make demands of her heart that she never expected.