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by Colbert, Brandy [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]Description: 333 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780399160349 (hbk.) :; 0399160345 (hbk.).Title notes: $17.99 6-2014 (db)Subject(s): Kidnapping -- Juvenile fiction | High schools -- Juvenile fiction | Emotional problems of teenagers -- Juvenile fiction | Anorexia nervosa -- Juvenile fiction | Ballet dancing -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Illinois -- Juvenile fiction | Illinois -- Juvenile fiction | Kidnapping -- Fiction | High schools -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Emotional problems -- Fiction | Anorexia nervosa -- Fiction | Ballet dancing -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Family life -- Illinois -- Fiction | Illinois -- Fiction | Young adult fictionSummary: Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
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Theo is better now.<br> <br> She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction--and his abductor.<br> <br> Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.<br> <br> Brandy Colbert dazzles in this heartbreaking yet hopeful debut novel about learning how to let go of even our most shameful secrets.

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Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

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As this suspenseful, absorbing novel opens, seventeen-year-old Theo Cartwright's best friend Donovan (one of the few other black students in her school) has been missing for four years -- long enough for Theo to have made new friends, reached a decisive moment in her serious ballet training, and recovered from the downward spiral of grief and anorexia catalyzed by Donovan's disappearance and her abandonment by older boyfriend Trent. When Donovan is found and the identity of the kidnapper is made public, Theo realizes that the kidnapper, thirty-year-old Chris Fenner, is Trent. As she agonizes over whether to tell anyone (and Donovan refuses to talk at all), Theo's first-person narration reveals both disturbing details of her time with Trent and her current conflicting feelings of guilt and jealousy: "Either Donovan ran away with my boyfriend...or I was charmed by the scum of the fucking earth." Readers will realize long before Theo does that despite her feelings for Trent, she too has been victimized. Meanwhile, an intense but illicit relationship with manipulative Hosea proves Theo still has a lot of healing to do. Can she find the strength to speak up for Donovan and herself? Through her unreliable -- but, as Theo herself ultimately comes to recognize, blameless -- narrator, Colbert confronts wrenching, often unacknowledged aspects of sexual abuse: a survivor's self-destructive shame, fear of revealing the abuse, and emotional attachment to her abuser. katie bircher (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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