Fear of Missing Out

By: Kate McGovern

Every teen has a fear of missing out on something–a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what about missing out on life? When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that allows terminally ill patients to freeze themselves until a future time where there is a cure. She sets out with her supportive boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, to see if this is the path she really wants to take. What will Astrid miss out on if she goes through with cryopreservation? What will she miss out on if she doesn't?

ISBN: 9780374305475

JLG Release: Jun 2019


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Terminal illness , Cancer , Choice , Cryonics , Friendship , Road trips , Neuroscience , Mothers and daughters , Death

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Astrid first had an astrocytoma—a brain tumor made of star-shaped cells—in ninth grade. Two years later it’s back, and Astrid knows she doesn’t want to go through the ordeal of chemo and hospitals again. Instead she decides to investigate cryopreservation, on the chance that her frozen body—dubbed a “corpsicle” by her best friend Chlo Astrid first had an astrocytoma—a brain tumor made of star-shaped cells—in ninth grade. Two years later it’s back, and Astrid knows she doesn’t want to go through the ordeal of chemo and hospitals again. Instead she decides to investigate cryopreservation, on the chance that her frozen body—dubbed a “corpsicle” by her best friend Chloe—could someday be revived after her death. Accompanied by her boyfriend Mohit and by Chloe, Astrid road-trips from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Sedona, Arizona, to tour the cryopreservation facility, posting vlog updates along the way. As they drive, with stops that include kitschy landmarks and a visit to her off-the-grid, semi-estranged father, Astrid keeps a running list of “things I’ll miss when I’m dead” and contemplates what the end of her life means and who will be affected by it. Astrid’s voice is matter-of-fact, with a good amount of gallows humor. The existential questions she raises—what does it mean to be a person? what happens after we die? should we use science to interfere with natural death, and if so, under what circumstances?—are thought-provoking and ripe for discussion, but just as compelling is Astrid’s humanity as a sixteen-yearold dealt an epically bad hand. Her eventual decision, while it feels inevitable, is devastating; keep a box of tissues handy.

Book Details

ISBN

9780374305475

First Release

June 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Terminal illness, Cancer, Choice, Cryonics, Friendship, Road trips, Neuroscience, Mothers and daughters, Death,

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