THE BELIEVING GAME
With her typical sinister style, Corrigan will have readers questioning the power of authority, the bonds of friendship and the vulnerability of damaged teens. Protagonist Greer dodges the clichés of most works-in-progress; she actually appreciates the progress she makes in reform school, though she’s still believably angsty. Love interest Addison would benefit from deeper character development; Greer’s first-person POV renders him somewhat inexplicable.
Greer Cannon’s parents have had enough of her disordered eating, sexual explorations and repeated shoplifting. They ship her off to reform school. McCracken Hill is predictably depressing — until Greer becomes, for the first time ever, part of a group of loving friends. But her newfound community comes with a catch: her boyfriend Addison’s NA sponsor, Joshua. Joshua starts as simply eccentric but becomes steadily more unstable. (SCHOLASTIC, Dec., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545299831, HC, 12 & Up)