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With one word, Tess feels like her entire future is undone: epilepsy.
Seventeen-year-old Tess Cooper lives by three rules: train hard, study hard, work hard. Swimming is her best chance at a college scholarship. It’s what her parents, her coaches, and even her best friend expect from her—and Tess can always deliver.
Until tragedy strikes.
Tess has a seizure, and her world suddenly becomes one of doctor visits, missed practices, and a summer job stuck behind a counter—not sitting high in the lifeguard chair like every year before.
Instead, her spot goes to new guy Charlie. Sure, his messy hair and laid-back demeanor sends Tess’ heart racing, but this isn’t really the time. She's in danger of losing her spot on the swim team, and with it, her best shot at attending her dream college.
But with the support of her loving family, her best friend Mac, an epilepsy support group, and maybe even the cute new boy himself, Tess slowly starts to envision a new future for herself: one based on self-acceptance and inclusion.