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Wilder, by Andrew Simonet

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Wilder
Title
Wilder
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by Andrew Simonet
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eng
Summary
The lives of Jason Wilder and Meili Wen intersect in the delinquent-proof room for in-school suspension, known as the Rubber Room, and Jason's growing, fierce protectiveness of Meili explodes into violence when her chance to return to her wealthy lifestyle in Hong Kong--and his opportunity to escape poverty, loneliness, and the past--is threatened.--
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  • In this dark romance set in the rural American community of Unionville, high school senior Jason Wilder recounts his version of what happened with a brash student from Hong Kong at his school. Jason first meets Meili Wen (known to others as Melissa) in the “Rubber Room,” an old science lab where in-school suspension is held. He’s being punished for starting a fire; she’s there for breaking a girl’s finger. Despite or perhaps because of Meili’s sharp tongue and unexpected requests for favors, Jason finds himself attracted to her and soon learns that they have more in common than being reputed juvenile delinquents. Both have family secrets that could prove disastrous if uncovered by the wrong people. Following his heart rather than common sense, Jason is determined to protect Meili, even if it means putting himself in danger, and when he takes risks he’d normally avoid, he pays a high price. Instead of delivering a clear-cut moral and tidy resolution, debut author Simonet leaves readers to decide whether Jason’s actions are justified and whether he is a criminal, a hero, or a victim. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 11/26/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 48, p)
  • Jason Wilder can't help but be intrigued when he is joined one day in in-school suspension by the mysterious and charismatic new girl, Melissa Young. But that's not her real name. With her Chinese features, British accent, and edgy attitude, Meili Wen (Melissa's actual name) is a sore thumb at Unionville High. Jason (assumed to be as white as everyone else in town), suspended and on probation for starting a fire, has hit rock bottom: His alcoholic mom has moved to Florida, he's living alone, he probably won't graduate in June, and he's being bullied by a bunch of boys from school. Hanging out with Meili becomes his only escape. After a run-in with the police, Meili goes into hiding—at Jason's house—and her past begins to be revealed. Little by little, it becomes clear that no one's story is truly reliable. What begins as a psychological thriller takes a turn into star-crossed romance and then descends into a portrait of mental illness. The psychological drama comes to a not-quite-satisfying close with some lingering questions, but sadly, it may be the repeated images of graphic violence that will leave the greatest impression on readers after the book is closed. Equal parts thriller, mystery, romance, and problem novel, Wilder grabs the reader from the start but ultimately fails to create a meaningfully cohesive story. (Fiction. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2018)
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10737723
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Simonet, Andrew
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 7
  • 9
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True
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  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Student suspension
  • Chinese
  • Violence
  • Families
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian American
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Student suspension
  • Chinese
  • Violence
  • Families
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Young adult fiction
  • Chinese
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Families
  • High schools
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Schools
  • Student suspension
  • Violence
  • Young adult fiction
  • United States
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Wilder, by Andrew Simonet
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1011682349
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780374309251
Lccn
2017045252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1011682349
Label
Wilder, by Andrew Simonet
Publication
Copyright
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
on1011682349
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780374309251
Lccn
2017045252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1011682349

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