Coral

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Thomas Nelson, Nov 12, 2019 - Young Adult Fiction - 384 pages

Inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” Coral explores what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. She fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease said to be carried by humans: emotions. Her sister had the Disease, and Red Tide took her away. Will it come for Coral next?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at a new group-therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

Praise for Coral:

“This heart-wrenching tale will pull you under its spell.” —ANNIE SULLIVAN, author of A Touch of Gold and Tiger Queen

“A beautiful reimagining.” —LAUREN MANSY, author of The Memory Thief

“A breathless, powerful journey of the heart and mind.” —LINDSAY A. FRANKLIN, award-winning author of The Story Peddler

  • A stand-alone, full-length Young Adult novel
  • Trigger warning: suicide and depression
 

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Contents

Before
1
Winter
3
Coral
5
Brooke
20
Merrick
29
Coral
34
Chapter Five Brooke
45
Merrick
52
Coral
193
Summer
199
Brooke
201
Merrick
207
Coral
217
Brooke
223
Merrick
231
Coral
242

Coral
60
Brooke
72
Merrick
79
Coral
88
Brooke
97
Merrick
103
Coral
111
Brooke
118
Merrick
124
Coral
128
Brooke
133
Merrick
140
Coral
146
Brooke
150
Spring
153
Merrick
155
Coral
164
Brooke
168
Merrick
171
Coral
175
Brooke
181
Merrick
187
Brooke
246
Merrick
248
Coral
251
Brooke
256
Merrick
259
Coral
263
Brooke
268
Merrick
272
Coral
279
Brooke
285
Autumn
293
Merrick Prine
295
Brooke
303
Merrick Prine
312
Brooke
321
Merrick Prine
334
Brooke
341
After
357
Authors Note on hans Christian Andersens Tragic Tale of Tears And Tortured Souls
359
Acknowledgments
361
Discussion Questions
365
Copyright

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About the author (2019)

Sara Ella is the award-winning author of the Unblemished series and Coral, the upcoming reimagining of The Little Mermaid. She spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings with her swoony husband by her side. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.” Connect with Sara online at SaraElla.com; Facebook: WritingHisTruth; Twitter: @SaraEllaWrites; Instagram: SaraEllaWrites; and YouTube: Sara Ella.