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There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a...
There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a...
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  • There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

    Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

    There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

    Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism.

    And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)

    Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2012

    Gr 9 Up-Jenna, 16, is vulnerable, abused, and broken. Her dad is a controlling workaholic, her mom is a drunk, and her brother, who had been her salvation, left to serve in Iraq. Following a stint in a psychiatric facility, she enrolls in a new school where she forms a special attachment with charismatic teacher and coach Mitch Anderson, who has a special way of connecting to students with problems. The novel begins in the aftermath of a tragic event. To explain it, Jenna speaks into a police detective's recorder and relates the story of her life, which she says "begins with Mr. Anderson." Her tale is akin to viewing a slow-motion train wreck. Readers are horrified, and know immediately that there's no sunny outcome, but at the same time they won't be able to tear themselves away. Jenna's voice is convincing; she's intelligent and wryly flippant as she records her story of sexual abuse. Her tone is realistic; at times it is filled with raw emotion and then juxtaposed with a dispassionate retelling of events as though no one could be expected to maintain that level of emotion. The novel begins slowly but quickly builds steam-and controversy-with unexpected turns and revelations. Neither the victims nor the predators are stereotypical and that ambiguity, while unsettling, is sure to spark discussion.-Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books ajg16 - This book looks/sounds good and kinda creepy

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