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The most provocative young adult novel yet from New York Times best–selling author Joyce Carol Oates.
Darren Flynn is popular, good–looking, and has a spot on the varsity swim team. But after what happened that day in November (did it happen?), life is different for Darren.
Now his friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust now?
In her third novel for young adults, the author of the acclaimed Big Mouth & Ugly Girl leads readers on an internal journey of self–discovery, moral complexity, and sexuality.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
“Fans of Oates’ previous YA books will want to read this.”
-ALA Booklist (boxed review)
“Touching and believable. An unusually sensitive and sympathetic assessment.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Palpable and compelling.”
-The Horn Book
“Raises thought-provoking questions.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fine young adult literature.”
“A deftly written page-turner.”
“A compelling story. The characters are well drawn. Sure to be a popular title.”
-School Library Journal
“With terse prose, she draws readers into the awakening consciousness of the teenage mate.”
-Des Moines Sunday Register