It was ok

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This book is listed as a YA book. From what I can gather, YA books are targeted at teens aged 12 to 18. Since this is based on students who are juniors or seniors, I’m not really sure which, the main appeal is for either high school students or adults who wish to read about high school. I would not buy this or recommend it for the younger ages. Because of some of the content, I definitely think it is a better choice for the upper end of this age bracket; however, I would not have been thrilled with my children reading this as older teens, and they would not have wanted to after they finished twelfth grade.

The story revolves around four high school students: two girls and two boys and their relationships. There are scenes with heavy make-out sessions, drugs, alcohol (they are all underage), sex and girls taking their clothing off. A teacher acting inappropriately also comes into play. The f word is thrown around by the characters, and they like to say Jesus and God a lot, but not in a good way. The book contains your typical cliques, popular kids and those not so popular. It also has a girl who has major control issues and is definitely a bit psychotic. The author has a good handle on teenagers in general and does a good job describing the emotions and behaviors often associated with them. I figured out which character ran into Gabe with a car as soon as that person was introduced, so I was not surprised by the revelation later. The ending, however, was a bit of a surprise; I did not see it coming, but it wasn’t totally believable.

I’m sure there are those who will be thrilled with this book, but I really wasn’t one of them. I thought it was just ok.