Patrick Jones is one of the featured speakers at our conference in November, so I wanted to be up-to-date with my reading. Due out from Walker/Bloomsbury in November of 2008, this is the story of 15 year old Danielle whose home life is upsetting to say the least. Her mother allows the latest father wannabe, Carl, to lash out at her literally and figuratively. Danielle turns to her friends for consolation. But Ashley seems to have perfect parents and Evan wants to be more than her friend who is a boy. Danielle discovers a great deal about herself and her friends over the course of just a few weeks.
One of the things I so admire about Patrick's books is his ability to capture the cadence and rhythm of teenspeak. His books do not sound stilted when the teens talk to one another. His teens face situations that are not out of the mainstream of experiences but which often make them feel as if they are out of the mainstream: loners, losers. Generally, they do learn that they are not alone.
I started two other books, but there was an exceptionally whiny child sitting across from me. His mother was reading BREAKING DAWN and ignoring him. His shriek-y voice kept cutting into my attention, so I decided to just plug into the iPod for a while instead.