Tragedy Girl

Christine Hurley Deriso. Flux, $11.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-0-7387-4703-3
After a car crash takes the lives of her parents, Anne moves to the beach town of Hollis Island with her aunt and uncle for her senior year of high school. As she adjusts to being the new girl in school, Anne meets Blake, a student with a similar history: his girlfriend, Cara, drowned at a bonfire over the summer. What seems like a tie that would naturally bind Anne and Blake ends up leading her into an unsolved mystery. Fellow students repeatedly warn Anne about Blake, and even his brother looks apprehensive around him, but she goes out with him anyway. Just when things seem to be looking up, mysterious letters about Blake's best friend Jamie raise even more questions. Deriso (Thirty Sunsets) creates a tense, fast-moving plot, bolstered by a strong central and supporting cast and believable dialogue. Adeptly building anticipation in her psychological mystery, Deriso keeps readers guessing while eloquently describing grief and the effort it takes to move through it. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/14/2016
Release date: 04/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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