by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Challenging
Melinda Sordino busted an end of summer party by calling the cops, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know even hate her. The safest place to be is alone, instead of her own head. But for Melinda, even that's not safe. This is because there's something she's trying not to think about, something that happened the night of the party that, if she told anyone, would ruin her carefully developed disguise to pieces. Then she would have to speak the truth. I recommend this book to other kids because it is truly a wonderful novel. You get to put yourself in Melinda’s shoes and think about what you should do. This is a tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenage outcast. I think other kids will enjoy reading about another life of someone your age. Monkey Arms/March 2005Note: This book is available in our Library.