Laurie Faria Stolarz
Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Overall Rating: 0.5/5
Over the course of a single summer day, ten teenagers in Salem, Massachusetts, will discover important truths about themselves and each other.
There is Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she has been writing to for years; Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Then there is Sadie, a chubby eleven-year-old whose mother forces her to wear a "please don't feed me" sign stapled to her shirt; while Joy, a fifteen-year-old waitress hoping for true intimacy narrowly escapes a very dark fate. Derik discovers that his usual good looks and charm won't help him hold onto the girl he wants, while nineteen-year-old drifter, Mearl, is desperately looking for a place to call home. Sean is torn between his loyalty to his girlfriend and the possibility of finding something more with her friend, while Ginger's single-minded pursuit to bring down her nemesis only proves that they may be more alike than she thought.
Seamlessly woven together, this incredibly powerful and compelling collection of stories chronicles the very real trials of today's teen experience.
I read the book because I like this author. All of the other things I read by her I ended up buying and rereading. All but this one. Honestly I just couldn’t see the reason for this at all. I guess you could say that some kids go through some of the things that the characters went through, but that's about it. The book had no kind of anything. It just wasn't a book for me. Maybe I didn’t get it and that’s fine but this book did noting for me. I read it and was so upset that I wasted my time. Maybe someone will read it and love it.