January 31, 2010 5 flames, Rosalind Wiseman 0

Author: Rosalind Wiseman
Source: Contest win
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247965

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama.

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.
Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.
Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted. 
This was a new to me author, but I had heard wonderful things about this book. When I received it in the mail, from a contest win, I was excited to start reading it.  The characters seem true to life with situations that are real to teenagers in high school. 
The author does not shy away from the harder issues that many teens experience throughout their high school years.  She touches on hazing, racism and drinking,  As I read this book, I relived some of my high school moments that I would have rather not remembered.  The bullies, the popular group that snubs everyone, and the teachers we all loved to hate.  In the reminder of it all though, I could see how the author wanted to portray it all for future young readers.  She gets her points accross and that is a good thing when writing or reading a book. 
This would be great to read as an adult, but even better for your teens to read to learn valuable lessons without the lectures.  

Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading!

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