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Dating Down

by Stefanie Lyons

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Gr 9-12, Sam, an arty, self-introspected all around good student, daughter and friend falls for a bad boy. X, as he is referenced from the beginning by Samantha, is older and bohemian, but most of all he is everything she is not, which is every reason why she falls for him. While the reader and Samantha's friends feel like he is not the greatest guy, it takes Samantha awhile to realize X is not who she thought he was. Told through verse, full of emotion and thoughts, but lacking passion or evoking any real reflection from the reader. ( )
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When a good girl falls for a bad boy

She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she'd be his and he'd be hers and they'd love each other forever.

But for Samantha Henderson, X—the boy she will not name—is trouble. He's older, edgier, bohemian . . . and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can't resist him. Samantha's family and friends try to warn her, but still she stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters.

As moody and vivid as it is captivating, Dating Down is told in scenes and bursts of poetry that create a story filled with hurt, healing, and hope.

 

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“In gritty, lyrical, often heart-stopping verse, Lyons’ surefooted debut depicts a teen artist’s struggle to see the difference between need and love. A breathless, stay-up-all-night read.”
Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of The Sound of Letting Go and Audition

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:53 -0400)

Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father's political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, "X," even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.… (more)

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