CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Fair Wind Books). 2013. 262 pp.
Lily wants to study music when she graduates high school, but her parents want her to be a doctor. Unable to disappoint them she dedicates herself to her studies, burying her dream (and herself) in schoolwork. Her best friend Mira is obsessed with Kellen, the school’s star quarterback, but Ivy doesn’t have time for boys or for love.
Kellen has played football his whole life, with his goal of playing in college about to come true. Unfortunately, his whole life changes forever when he is hit so hard during the Homecoming football game he suffers a severe brain injury.
Lily and Kellen’s life intersect when she becomes his tutor. As they spend time together, romance begins to sparkle. Lily can’t let go of her dreams, and her parents desires, so lets go of the one thing that has ever made her feel alive – Kellen.
In alternating voices, Lily and Kellen share their hopes, fears and dreams. “The Last Dance” is a heartwarming story of love, perseverance, courage and hope. Hamilton also educates readers about the dangers of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), and its effects on those playing contact sports. Readers aged 12 and up will learn much from Kellen and Ivy’s story.