Things I’d Rather Do Than Die

By Christine Hurley Deriso

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Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy—a star athlete dating the most popular girl in school and a devout Christian. Jade keeps mostly to herself. She abhors joining “things,” hates everyone at their high school except her best friend, Gia, and considers herself agnostic.

When Ethan and Jade find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they’ve given each other. Jock. Loner. Jesus freak. Skeptic. Golden boy. Intellectual. Amid hours of arguing, philosophizing, and silly game playing, Ethan and Jade learn there’s a lot more to the other person than meets the eye.

After that night, life returns to normal and each goes back to their regular lives. Still, neither one can shake the unexpected bond they formed and they can’t help but question what they’ve been taught to believe, who they want to be, and where their hearts truly lie.

About the Author

Christine Hurley Deriso is an award-winning young adult author who loves putting interesting characters in characterdefining situations. Her novels include All the Wrong Chords, Then I Met My Sister, Thirty Sunsets, and Tragedy Girl. Visit her at

  • Paperback ISBN: 9781635830224
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781635830231
  • Reading Age: from 14 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 14 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.25 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Sep 18, 2018
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 304
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

Reviews of Things I’d Rather Do Than Die:

"The main characters are both complex and delightful. An inspirational read that readers can appreciate." — Booklist

"Deriso alternates viewpoints seamlessly, providing Jade and Ethan with unique voices and personalities to tell their intertwining stories. For fans of tear-jerking realism." —School Library Journal

“Jade and Ethan’s believable dialogue and the quick switches between their perspectives make this a fast, light read.” —Publishers Weekly

"This feel-good book uses heart and humor to tell a romantic story that is all about breaking stereotypes and making room for genuine connections." —Kirkus Reviews

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