The Stalker Chronicles

Carley Moore. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-374-37180-7
Deserved or not, Cammie Bliss’s reputation as a stalker has been cemented for years, but when new guy Toby moves to her small town, Cammie has a chance for a fresh start. This proves hard, as her sophomore year is already filled with challenges: her parents are splitting up, her younger brother is dating a popular cheerleader who snubs Cammie, and Toby himself is elusive, with a secret past of his own. Mixed into the present-day action are flashbacks to Cammie’s past stories of slipping notes into lockers, calling a boy daily under the pretense of needing homework help, and taking a few too many photographs of a student athlete while working for the yearbook. For the most part, it’s pretty tame behavior, just unsettling enough to raise red flags among Cammie’s classmates and lead to her ostracism. Debut author Moore paints a picture of an awkward girl who, more than anything, just doesn’t know how to engage with other people. Her characters are complex and sympathetic, particularly Cammie’s family, as it tries to hold itself together. Ages 12–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/23/2012
Release date: 03/27/2012
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4299-6175-2
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