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Ferocity Summer

by Alissa Grosso

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When I picked up FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso, I was not expecting such a twisty, turny action-packed book. I knew that the book dealt with a few unsavory things that are all too real to many teens: a rough home life, a best friend with an alcohol problem, the huge divide between working and upper class, and drugs. Specifically the fictional-but-could-be-ripped-from-the-headlines drug called Ferocity.

So as not to spoil you, I'm going to give you a wee list of fun other things that make what could have been a simple issues book into a pseudo heist thriller:

1. The BFF's older brother who may or may not be the main character, Scilla's, honey. Sometimes.

2. Said older brother may or may not be involved in some illegal dealings with illegal substances.

3. Someone has been going town to town robbing convenience stores.

4. Road trip.

5. An FBI agent with horrible fashion sense.

6. That older brother's ex-college-room mate who knows things. And hates the government. But likes Scilla.

7. And then there's that whole Scilla and her BFF might have killed someone by accident thing.

So that's the deal. And it's all told in tight, unflinching prose that made the book not only compulsively readable and emotionally gripping, but also a literary delight. FEROCITY SUMMER takes teen issues and ups the stakes. Sort of like Laurie Halse Anderson's WINTER GIRLS meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, minus the supernatural. And the scariest part? It could probably happen in your town ( )
  EKAnderson | May 3, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 073873070X, Paperback)

"An engaging, realistic journey into drug addiction and bad decision making. Grosso's Ferocity Summer is a riveting read."
—A.S. King, author of the Printz honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Would you rather be dead and know it, or alive and not know it?

Scilla Davis is haunted by a horrible accident that she was involved in last summer—a drunken, reckless joyride that ended in tragedy. With a big trial looming, life seems empty, unreal, and utterly hopeless. It’s especially painful watching her best friend, Willow, slowly destroy herself with pills and booze. Yet Scilla can’t seem to wrest Willow—or herself—from a path of self-destruction.

But there might be a possible escape from this nightmare. As a dangerous new drug called Ferocity sweeps the nation, an FBI agent asks Scilla to turn narc and help locate the Ferocity kingpin. In exchange, she could avoid conviction for her role in the accident. All she has to do is deceive and betray people she’s known all her life . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:45 -0400)

Seventeen-year-old Scilla Davis has a drug-addicted best friend, a drug-dealing almost-boyfriend, and huge legal troubles of her own but hesitates to help an FBI agent eager to catch Randy's supplier of the fad drug, Ferocity, despite his promises to help.… (more)

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