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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Seifert takes the timely topic of school shootings and turns it on its ear with a chilling solution. Not only is this a stellar story, it also speaks on a higher, social level that teaches as well as entertains. Rich in plot, the mystery toward the end is masterfully done and elevates an already terrific story into something more.
Following a school shooting, a small Midwestern town springs into action by implementing a program that can predict which teenagers have inherent capability to commit horrible acts — and segregating them from other students. New to town, Daphne meets Jesse under terrifying circumstances and the two bond, first in friendship which then blossoms into a full-fledged relationship. But as the results of the program are released, the life that Daphne was beginning to enjoy starts to crumble. (SOURCEBOOKS, Sep., 352 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781402260490, PB, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg
Published: September 2011