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Rebel, bully, geek, pariah, by Erin Jade Lange

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Rebel, bully, geek, pariah
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Rebel, bully, geek, pariah
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by Erin Jade Lange
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eng
Summary
After a party gets raided by the police, four teenagers who barely know each other find themselves on the run in a car with a trunk full of stolen drugs--and in the next few hours they will make decisions that will determine the course of the rest of their lives
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  • Grades 9-12 From the author of Butter (2012) comes a new contemporary thriller that’s part Breakfast Club, part Breaking Bad. Sam is a wallflower in her Illinois town, known more for the wormlike scars on her scalp than anything else. But when cops bust a party in the woods, Sam ends up escaping with three other teens she barely knows—Andi, the former cool kid turned rebel; York, the bully; and Boston, the geek—only to end up on the lam. While the authorities seem more like bad guys than good guys, the teens’ true selves emerge as they bond in unexpected ways while trying to extract themselves from an ever-growing mess. Lange’s story is gripping, anchored by a sympathetic narrator with a deep understanding of addiction, thanks to her mother’s troubled past. The supporting characters defy their types and authentically capture common teen struggles, even if the climax feels more cinematic than realistic. Well paced, with twists and turns that will take readers by surprise. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 12-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 8, p50)
  • Gr 8 Up — In the small town of River City, four high school students embark on a night they'll never forget. Sam Cherie, the outcast who has scars on her scalp in the shape of worms, coasts through life wanting to be invisible. She is an architect of her own anonymity—hiding under hats and keeping her head down. All Sam needs is to keep her drug-addicted mother sober long enough to break away from River City and start a new life. After a party gets busted by the police, she gets into an SUV with three other teens and a world of trouble. Andi is a rebel and kleptomaniac. Boston, a geeky, skinny kid with freckles, and his roughneck brother, York, are on the run, driving around town in a stolen cop car—believed to have already run over a cop and left the scene of a crime. However, for once in her life, Sam feels alive. The protagonists realize that they are running away from something bigger than the police, and Sam confronts her demons head on. Lange drives the narrative forward with a sense of suspense and excitement; the teens' fear of the police chase will feel tangible to young adult readers. The work explores whether being accepted by peers outweighs the dangerous decisions that can come of trying to build friendships. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson's Hush (Putnam, 2002) might find this tale compelling. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries looking to enhance their action/adventure offerings.—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ --Krista Welz (Reviewed December 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 12, p123)
  • Lange (Dead Ends ) throws together four teens from different backgrounds who have to trust each other in order to survive what has rapidly become the worst night of their lives. Samantha Cherie, a reclusive soon-to-be junior, has spent her life praying for her mother to stay sober and out of jail; she’s hopeful that the four-year anniversary of her mother’s sobriety is finally their turning point. On her way home to celebrate, though, a chance meeting with classmate Andi Dixon, an “it” girl turned rebel, unwillingly leads Sam to a party in the woods. When cops break up the party, Andi and Sam run into York and Boston, two brothers with little in common but large egos, and the unlikely foursome is soon escaping in a stolen vehicle. Lange keeps tension high as the situation quickly escalates from bad to worse. It’s not always clear (or plausible) why Sam makes certain decisions (namely choosing to stay with kids she hardly knows), but it’s still a fast-paced read with a gripping blend of suspense and emotion. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 23, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 47, p)
  • When the rebellious Andi draws good-girl Sam out of her comfort zone and to a party in the woods, the pair encounters bellicose brothers York and Boston. Naturally the party's busted, and the foursome escapes by stealing a handy SUV—which turns out to be a cop car. And the cop car has a whole bunch of drugs in the car already. The group heads to York and Boston's family cabin in the woods to cool off and regroup. Tensions flare, tragic histories are revealed, and friendships are forged in Lange's ambitious novel. Lange goes big and broad with the stakes and her characters but does a good job of slowly escalating the action and making the crazy situation credible. The novel's biggest weakness is its decision to make Sam the narrator: she spends a lot of time in her own head, dwelling on her tragic past and refusing to say or do anything. Obviously this is meant to emphasize her transformation when she finally steps up during the book's climax, but readers have to go through far too many pages of inaction to get there. The author also tinkers with the timeline a bit, isolating flashbacks and flash-forwards that add little to the narrative and actually work against the building tension. It's a broad emotional story with interesting bits and pieces, but it doesn't work as a whole. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2015)
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10451059
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Lange, Erin Jade
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[Fic]
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 8
  • 12
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True
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  • Teenagers
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Trust
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Trust
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Teenagers
  • Trust
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Rebel, bully, geek, pariah, by Erin Jade Lange
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
1494628
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781619634985
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015014043
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781619634985
  • (OCoLC)907966449
Label
Rebel, bully, geek, pariah, by Erin Jade Lange
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1494628
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781619634985
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015014043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781619634985
  • (OCoLC)907966449

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