Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Speak, 2003, c2002
ISBN: 0142400017
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 09, 2013
  • crazyflipper247 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really good. Even though the main character, Kate, goes though some tough times, she doesn't let it destroy her life.

Jul 02, 2012

A great style of writing. Too much drama and so much on her plate for any normal person to handle.

Jan 18, 2012
  • NUMBER16 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book! Not the best one by her though.

Sep 05, 2011
  • cjperry rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love Laure Halse Anderson's style of writing. My only problem with her is that her stories always end so unrealistically.
Sometimes teens get into trouble or have bad lives and things don't get better. Anderson always ties things up in a neat little package, but there is so much baggage in life that doesn't resolve this way.

Jul 03, 2011
  • kot18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is fantastic. It was so terribly sad, yet it kept me reading with very lovable characters. Laurie Halse Anderson amazes me once again! :)


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Jul 30, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kate Malone is a high school student who excels in chemistry and wants to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A series of traumatic events, including her neighbour's house burning down, cause a dramatic change in Kate.


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