- CRRL Staff
I have some suggestions
if you liked Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles.
Did you know that author has written other books too? Here are two more
books that she has written:
In this suspenseful, disturbing debut novel, a high school clique's
plans to make over a social outcast go tragically awry. Quotes at the
opening of each chapter foretell the disaster to come. Thaddeus R.
Steward IV, nicknamed "Young," who is an aspiring writer, narrates the
tale. As it opens, Rob Haynes, an out-of-state transfer student with
good looks and seemingly unshakable confidence, quickly ascends to alpha
male, ousting reigning king of popularity, Lance Ansley. But, as Lance
puts it, "[Rob] wasn't happy to have it all, he had to make sure I
didn't have anything." By contrast, Rob wants to position Simon Glass, a
"textbook geek," so that his peers will vote Simon "Class Favorite."
Simon appears to go along with the new clothes and haircut, but he has
some ideas of his own. When Simon and Young discover a secret about
Rob's past, one of them seeks to use it, the other to protect it. Ronna,
Young's girlfriend, provides the most insightful commentary; speaking of
Rob's plan to transform Simon, she says, "Instead of making Rob more,
doesn't it just make all of us... less?" The thriller plot and breakneck
pacing will keep readers hooked and on the lookout for this author's
next book. Ages 12-up.
What Happened to Cass McBride?
Cass is that girl in high school who does whatever it takes to be
popular-which means stomping all over everyone else. David is that
awkward boy who painfully lurks on the outside of all of the social
groups. When he commits suicide, his older brother is out for revenge
against the girl whom he believes is responsible for David's death.
Giles's characters are frighteningly believable. The story is part
mystery, part psychological drama that involves dysfunctional families
and abuse, and part crime investigation. It is told by Cass, her captor,
and the police investigating her disappearance. It is a thrilling,
one-sitting read that you won't be able to put down.
Plus, here are two more titles I thought you might like:
Haunted Sister by Lael Littke.
After a serious car accident, Janine has a near-death experience in
which her twin sister, who died twelve years before, returns to live in
her mind and to take control of Janine's life.
Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young
woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small
transgression causes mysterious happenings.