What if the future became your present?
It’s August 1995, and seventeen-year-old Jenny Waters is flying back home from an exciting trip to New York City. The biggest things on her mind are applying to Columbia and reuniting with her brand-new boyfriend. But when she and the other passengers disembark in St. Louis, they’re told that their plane disappeared . . . twenty-five years ago.
The world has fast-forwarded. Three of Jenny’s grandparents are gone, her parents are old, and her “little” brother is now an adult. There’s so much in the world she’s missed out on.
When a shocking revelation comes to light, she feels betrayed by her family and once-best friend. She’s also fighting her attraction to Dylan, a cute and kind classmate who has an unusual connection to her past. And then there are the conspiracy theories, coming from a group of people determined to prove that Flight 237—and Jenny’s own existence—is a hoax. Will she figure out how to move forward or will she always be stuck in the past?
Michelle I. Mason offers a thought-provoking debut novel about the most unexpected ways life can change . . . and the parts that always stay the same.
Awards & Honors
Best Children’s Books of 2021
Air & Space Magazine
“A plane trip home from New York to St. Louis upends a rising senior’s existence when the aircraft, taking off in 1995, lands 25 years later, in (a Covid-free) 2020… Mason adeptly depicts the shock Jenny experiences in jumping forward over two decades, depicting notable changes (e.g., in gender norms) to explore differences in teens’ lives between the 1990s and today. With its intriguing premise and approachable first-person narrative, this page-turner encourages readers to appreciate the now. ”
“Your Life Has Been Delayed is a thought-provoking examination of how time affects us all and the things that stay constant in life.”
–The Southern Bookseller Review
“An interesting concept . . . to show a wide array of ways that life could play out (from the tragic to the surprisingly happy) when everyone thinks you are never returning.”
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Behind the Scenes
Your Life Has Been Delayed Playlist
The story behind the title
Your Life Has Been Delayed Watch List
The research for the book
What inspired this book?
Jenny/It’s Not 1995 parody song
Choosing the characters’ names
Deleted chapter titles
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