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Grade 9 Up–Once again the author ofCrank(S & S, 2004) has masterfully used verse to re-create the yearnings and emotions of a teenage girl trapped in tragic circumstances. Poems in varied formats captivate readers as they describe a teen's immobilizing fear of her abusive father, disgust with a church hierarchy that looks the other way, hope that new relationships can counteract despair, joy in the awakening of romance, and sorrow when demons ultimately prevail. Pattyn Von Stratten is the eldest of eight sisters in a stern Mormon household where women are relegated to servitude and silence. She has a glimpse of normal teenage life when Derek takes an interest in her, but her father stalks them in the desert and frightens him away. Unable to stifle her rage, Pattyn acts out as never before and is suspended from school. Sent to live with an aunt on a remote Nevada ranch, she meets Ethan and discovers forever love. Woven into the story of a teen's struggle to find her destiny is the story of her aunt's barrenness following government mismanagement of atomic testing and protests over nuclear waste disposal. Readers will become immersed in Pattyn's innermost thoughts as long-held secrets are revealed, her father's beatings take a toll on her mother and sister, and Pattyn surrenders to Ethan's love with predictable and disturbing consequences. Writing for mature teens, Hopkins creates compelling characters in horrific situations.–Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA
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ISBN-10:  1416903550
ISBN-13:  978-1416903550
Author:  Ellen Hopkins
Publisher:  McElderry
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(There are some slight spoilers here - no details, but plot direction spoilers.)      I was really excited to read this book, but it let me down pretty hard. I sat up one night and read the whole thing from cover to cover, and wound up wishing that I hadn't - the ending was very tragic, which I wasn't prepared for.      I found myself very emotionally invested in Pattyn's success and wanted her to do well and come out winning on the other side …
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