This Printz winner took me a while to get into. I’d say I was a third, to half of the way into it before I really became intrigued, but then I didn’t put it down. There are numerous interesting characters whom I loved, but at the same time had some difficulty keeping everything straight. There is mystery involved in the story- and I reached the end I felt like I needed to go back and re-read because I had to have missed some things along the way. The main character, Taylor, is finishing up her Junior year and attends a boarding school in rural Australia. There are two mentions of sexual activity within the book but they are not overly explicit. There is a bit of violence at times in the novel as well. I think this book could be used potentially in a classroom. I would recommend it to teen girls and boys as there are strong characters from each gender. I think this book is appropriate for high school students.
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Michael L. Printz Award
Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book
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