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The Tension of Opposites

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A book by Kristina McBride

“How do you talk to your best friend after she's spent two years with some greasy pedophile?” After Tessa's best friend, Elle, escapes her kidnapper and turns him in, Tessa feels overwhelmed as she tries to help Elle get back to high school … see full wiki

Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: EgmontUSA
1 review about The Tension of Opposites

A testament to enduring friendship and healing

  • Jul 17, 2010
Tessa put her life on hold the day that her best friend Noelle disappeared in their small town in Ohio. For two years she thought constantly of Noelle, never giving up hope that she would come home alive despite what everyone told her. Two years later, she does--but she isn't Noelle anymore. Elle is impulsive and reckless, and is carrying around a lot of bitterness toward everyone in her life. She doesn't care about Tess anymore. Hurt, Tess keeps trying to reach out to her, taking comfort in her new friends Darcy and Max...who might be more than a friend, and she'll be forced to face the most frightening prospect: moving on without Elle.

The Tension of Opposites is a unique debut with a very gripping concept. McBride writes convincingly about this difficult situation, made even harder by the fact that Tessa has put her entire life on hold waiting for Noelle's return, but Noelle, now Elle, is so affected by her two years spent in captivity and the horrors she endured (which are touched upon, but not described in detail) that she is unable to pick up where she left off with Tessa, nor can she seem to make herself care. There is plenty of drama with Tessa's rejection, but one bright spot is her new relationship with new guy Max, who helps her open up to people by sharing her photography and by making new friends. However, even he can't help her get over her problem: her inability to let go of Elle and the need to save her from destructive behavior is tripping up almost every other relationship in her life.

There isn't a perfect ending to The Tension of Opposites, nor even much of a resolution, but there is a little hope in the way that things end. This novel is a testament to enduring friendship and healing, and has a good balance between holding on and letting go.

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