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In her trademark verse, Ellen Hopkins's intense young adult novel follows the rapidly disintegrating lives of a trio of teenagers as they struggle with shockingly adult choices. Largely due to their parents' own troubles and self-involvement, teens Mikayla, Shane, and Harley venture into dark waters they might not survive. Mikayla is deeply involved with her boyfriend, and when a troubling situation arises, she must make the hardest choice of her life. Shane not only must find a way to handle his little sister's terminal illness, but find a way to cope with his boyfriend, Alex's, HIV-positive status. Lastly, Harley is a 14-year-old innocent looking to get into trouble, and terrifyingly finding it with a manipulative older guy. The characters in this story were plucked from Hopkins's adult novel, TRIANGLES.
Three teens, connected by their parents' bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Types of Characters, Social Issues / Sexual Abuse, General, Social Issues / Dating + Sex, Love + Romance, Family / General
Age Range: Teen
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Street Date: September 11, 2012
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-0635