OUT OF NOWHERE

At eleven years old, Riley Tate witnessed the sudden death of her father. Now, at sixteen, she still can’t bring herself to step on “the spot”—the section of kitchen floor on which her father landed after collapsing from a brain aneurysm. For someone like Riley, a hypochondriac with anxiety issues, moving on is never easy.

Since losing her dad, Riley has become obsessed with the human body, how it works, and what can go wrong with it. Reading about diseases distracts her from the things she’s not ready to deal with, like the fact that her mother started a whole new family with a man who has more muscles than brains and tries to act like her new dad. And that her doctor thinks she’s a mental case. And that her ex-boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn’t have sex with him. But she refuses to let anything—especially not a guy—interfere with her dream of becoming a surgeon.

When she meets Cole Boyer in an ER waiting room, Riley realizes immediately that he’s far from the safe, predictable boy she usually goes for. A fearless daredevil with mysterious scars and a thirst for all things dangerous, Cole is like an accident waiting to happen. Still, despite their differences, they forge an unlikely friendship that eventually blossoms into something more. Dating someone who’s so casual about death has its challenges, but as Riley soon learns, not everyone can be—or needs to be—saved.

With flawed, relatable characters and a blend of heavy issues and humor, OUT OF NOWHERE explores the total randomness of life, death, and love.

Out of Nowhere is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Finalist (2012) and an IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree (2014)





Reviews for Out of Nowhere:

"Riley's story is thoughtful and grounded, showing the impact of a traumatic event years after the event occurred...Even supporting characters are well-rounded, and the relationships ring true." 
Publishers Weekly

"Riley's story is one that garners empathy, and readers will smile as she overcomes the psychological stumbling blocks on her path." 
Andrea Cremer, NYT Bestselling Author of the Nightshade Series

"...an easy, readable style; many appealing characters; and genuinely touching moments...An extremely enjoyable read." 
Regina Hayes, Editor-at-Large for Viking Children's Books


Out of Nowhere is a lovely, heartwarming, and engaging contemporary novel, which beautifully captures the innocence, but also the sensitivity and the tangled feelings in one's teen years. 
– Lily, reader

“This book had me smiling and laughing and on the verge of tears. It was packed full of emotion and I loved it. 
– Hannah, The Book Tower 

“This was such a refreshing story….It was believable and well written. You are really able to fall into the character's world. 
– Brianna, Listful Booking

Out of Nowhere is structured beautifully and has remarkable depths. It’s written with care and maturity, it’s raw and moving, it’s funny and honest, with unique and well-developed characters.” 
– Tina, reader

“This book reminded me why I have always, and will always be, a fan of YA. It was fun, sweet, innocent and yet so wise. 
– Raquel Valldeperas, author of Toxic and Tailspin.

“Rebecca Phillips did a great job writing a book that is so realistic that you can't help but feel Riley and Cole's emotions throughout. 
– Lesley, reader


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