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After the suicide of her gay best friend Kai, Jem Halliday reads letters he left her encouraging her to come out of her shell and Jem does just that, but only to infiltrate the group of popular students who released a video that "outed" Kai so that she can take revenge.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Fire,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781402292248
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Clarke
Characteristics: vi, 378 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeKelsey Jun 13, 2017

I love the approach to suicide in this story...it isn't romanticized, the victim knows what he was doing, and he admits that it was his choice, not anyone else's. This story is a tough read, with a taste for revenge, but the growth of Jem's character is beautiful and tragic. This one is a must-read.

May 16, 2017

This book is sooo confusing! After I finished reading the book I didn't know whether I liked it or not. I didn't like the characters at all! Especially the main character Jem, she is so selfish and she did the whole revenge thing for herself. Not for Kai as she assumed, but because she felt bad for being alone. That's it! Besides, the book is not realistic at all! The only thing I like is the idea of the book, too bad the writer couldn't use it to make a good plot. I give this book zero stars and I don't recommend it to anyone.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 29, 2014

This book was something else. Deep down inside i was hoping Jem got some sort of a happening ending. Reading Kai's last letter at the very end got me teared up. He knew who had betrayed him and let it go asking Jem to move on too. So heartbreaking.

Jan 26, 2014

This book was great. I wish Kai hadn't died! The reader will feel Jem's anguish, sadness & helplessness. I wanted it to end how it did. Or I wanted her to end up with Lucas & live happily ever after. I also guessed the person who filmed it.

Apr 12, 2013

The end of this book frustrated me. I read Torn prior to reading this novel. Once again, I thought the author portrayed the teenagers thoughts, actions, and emotions realistically. This is not a bad thing, I just find it hard to relate because I’m way beyond my teen years. The behaviors of the main character made me want to reach into the book and shake her. The pain and anger caused by the loss of her bestfriend completely consumed her. She was so bent on revenge that she missed out on real opportunities to be happy. Sometimes hindsight occurs so late, that mistakes made now cannot be rectified later.


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