Format: eBook (for review)
Genres: contemporary, verse
Release Date: 19/08/2014
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On a hot summer night in
a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry.
Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents
becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly
and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life
headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know
each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their
interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they
can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.
through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream
of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.
is a simple, quick story about a group of teenagers who do what all
teenagers in books and movies do - get drunk, drive around and for
whatever drunk reason, decide to visit the famous 'ghost house' as it
has been named. What happens there changes their lives forever.
concept of verse is interesting and I didn't really feel that it
worked. Instead of coming across as poetic and beautiful, it came across
as just bad writing. The character's lives were unfortunately cliched
and it was only the massive event that really saved this book. The last
half was so much stronger than the first and I'm really glad I stuck
There's a lot of characters in
this book that I could keep up with. I did get the feeling that Max was
the main character and much of the story and history I picked up from
her.My favourite character was Grace, Emma's younger sister. She's kind
and thoughtful, I really enjoyed reading her sections even though some
parts broe my heart.
The ending wraps things up well
and gives most of the characters good endings. I left feeling happy
about where the characters were at. This book deals with a difficult
issue in America, and handles it well. I'm looking forward to seeing
what else the author will bring to the table.