Jonathan has the ability to create parallel worlds, in which he is everything except the lonely outsider he is in reality. But when he accidentally confuses one of his parallel dimensions with the real world, all his worlds start to collapse. A sci-fi tour-de-force with a heart-wrenching protagonist, meticulous world building, and a twist that will knock you over.
Worlds collide in romantic, unexpected, and heartbreaking ways in this “picture-perfect” (VOYA, starred review) debut novel about a young man with a truly unique power.
Sometimes high school senior Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is heroic, desirable, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most often, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.
But when Jonathan confuses his worlds and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie suddenly notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.
About the Author
Shortly after graduating from Dartmouth College, Jen Brooks started teaching English to high school students. She did so for fourteen years and then received an MA and MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. A competitive hurdler and jumper in high school and college, Jen now enjoys running, hiking and gardening. In a World Just Right is her first novel. She lives with her husband and son in Massachusetts. Learn more at JenBrooksWriter.com.
“A shining debut. Smart, tender, heartbreaking, triumphant. In a World Just Right is a miracle.”
“Elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance combine in a well-paced story that still manages a surprising conclusion…A thoughtful story that still feels fresh amid the many other sci-fi/romance combinations out there.”
“Jonathan is the best kind of main character any story could want; he is sympathetic, flawed, and is as surprised as the reader by how events unfold…Every piece of the puzzle that is this book slides into the exact right spot, forming a picture-perfect work of fiction.”
"Coping with devastating loss and near-death tragedy takes many forms, and, in Brooks’ caring narrative, an appreciation for the rationale for world making is made to feel just right."
"Readers will find multiple points for empathy and reflection in this intriguing take on what-if." — The Children's Bulletin