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3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  95 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A bully.

A gun.

A dare.

A friendship ripped apart.

An instant in which Connor Kaeden's life changes forever. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 10th 2007)
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Garland Spivey
The character Will is such a bully! But he got what he deserved by being put in jail. He pressured all his friends (Ryan,Daniel,and Connor) in to playing the game russian roulet. He finally got Connor and Ryan to take a turn, but he thought Daniel was to chicken (which he was). Then Will decided to make daniel take his turn by pointing the gun at him and pulling the trigger. Now he is being tried as an adult and he is going to be charged with first degree murder.
I can't wait to see what happens
Sandra McLeod
This is a very insightful novel about the ramifications of peer pressure and how a young man deals with the aftermath of a major personal tragedy. Perhaps Will, the "villain" of the piece, could have been less stereotypical and a bit more likable, but I found Conner's journey following the tragedy to be very realistic for the most part. I particularly liked the role of music in his life and the fact that he was able to work through some of his feelings of guilt, remorse, grief, anger, etc. by cr ...more
Brianna Pierce
Jan 05, 2016 Brianna Pierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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Oct 12, 2009 Jazmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connor Kaeden’s life is forever changed when his best friend Daniel is killed. It had all happened, when a so called friend of Daniel’s, Will, pressured them into playing Russian roulette. No one has the misfortunate of being harmed then, but then Will points the gun at Daniel and it turns out that it was spun to the dreaded chamber that holds the bullet, killing Daniel. There is a lot of legal things to be handled after the tragedy and his family at first can’t stand the sight of him having not ...more
Connor’s best friend throughout all of his life is Daniel, but as they grow older they start to see each other less and less. Daniel was starting to hang out with Will a weird kid who Connor doesn’t like at all. One day Will asks everyone to meet him at this abandoned warehouse. When they go there Will had a gun and wanted to play a dangerous game called Russian roulette. Everyone was safe until Will changed the game. He pointed the gun at Daniel, fired and the bullet hit Daniel in the head. Eve ...more
Michael McKinney
Nov 26, 2013 Michael McKinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book ricochet is about Connor,15 years old and forced into a game that turns deadly.He is pressured into playing a game of russian roulette called " Idiots roulette" where instead of pointing at yourself you point the gun at your neighbor and pull the trigger.

While playing the game it turns bad when one boy named Will shoots and kills Daniel , who is best friends with Connor . Connor is haunted by nightmares after this event takes place.He copes with the pain by going to violin class,working
Alex B
I just got done reading Ricochet by Julie Gonzalez. This book is different the any other book I have read because they are some weird events that happen in this book like play a game called idiots roulette where you take a gun and point it at your friends head. I thought after reading that part in the beginning that this book was going to be a bad book because it would have a lot of stupid things happening, but in the end it turned out to be a good book, showing how a boy needs to deal with his ...more
The Blast of a gun is powerful , but the force it takes to pull the trigger is harder to bare. Even if you pulled the trigger or not , you are to blame for owning a gun , and the consequences an repercussion are all on you. A young man named Will and Three young boy’s choose to go on top of the roof with a loaded gun , and dares them to play ‘idiot’s roulette but insead of pointing the gun at your head they are pointing it at the neighbor head. A game in when you put one bullet with any revolver ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Four boys. An abandoned rooftop. A gun. A game of Russian-roulette.

Connor Kaeden's life is changed forever. He and one friend are on probation. Another "friend" is in jail. His best friend is dead. What happens next?

Every one of Connor's relationships has been affected. His parents now question his every move. His younger brother won't even look at him. His older brother suddenly starts including him in his late-night escapades.
Jul 30, 2007 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen readers looking for novels of overcoming adversity with a happy ending
Shelves: teen-lit-read
Ricochet is more about the aftermath of a tragedy than about the incident itself. Connor Kaeden is on a rooftop with his friends and a guy named Will...and Will has a gun. The guys do a round of Russian roulette. Metal on metal. Will suggests “idiot’s roulette”. He spins the cylinder, points the barrel at Daniel, and then…explosion. Smoke. Blood. Daniel. No Daniel.

Ricochet happens in short bursts of prose detailing episodes in Connor’s life. Readers experience his nightmares and escapist daydre
Mar 21, 2014 TheSaint rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great premise. Good character development of OH. But this one tried to cover too much ground in too little space for it to be coherent.
Also: dialog not authentic teenage language.
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ugh...I knew where this YA novel was going as soon as they mentioned Russian roulette. Really, boys, why in the heck would you be so stupid to play a game where you might die? The author does a good job of explaining why. Told through a series of short chapters and jumping back and forth in time, we learn why Connor was there, and why he didn't stop was going on. And we learn about the healing process--it's a long haul, but Connor will eventually be okay. Interestingly, the main character plays ...more
Sep 13, 2009 Pume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a dare from a bully that changed many lives from then on.

many people are bullied every year. It often traumatizes people and some times it often leads to kids committing suicide.

This is one of the best books i have ever read. I would give it 5 stars. It shows you how peer pressure can result in tragedy. The thing that i learned from the book is to just say no. You do not have to do what people want you to do.
Colby Dotson
Sep 17, 2009 Colby Dotson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about a 15 year old boy named Connor Kaeden. Who falls into a horrible situation caused by peer pressure. He gets involved with the worng kid and ends up in the middle of a bloody game of Russian Roulet.

It was a very interesting book and it kept you on the edge of your seat always wanting to know what is going to happen next.
I learned not to give in to peer pressure and leave a bad situation if you have the chance!
Kurt Trendle
Nov 15, 2015 Kurt Trendle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a plot. The excerpts on Quiksilver, the dragon, was weird.
Branfon Ferguson
"ricochet . they say what you throw out comes back on you . Well bullying your friends in to playing a game of Rushin Roulette , is crazy lets see how long it would take befor someone is dead or in jail. it seems like is so easy even a baby cant go get a gun of the streets . Im enjoying it its just so predictable . im half way into it , about 60 percent"
Feb 04, 2010 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i believe this book was good in the begining because of the conlict the group of friends were going through. but then after the tragidy that happend, it starts talking about the main characters life after that tragidy and how his life gets better. it aint that good.
Mar 06, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent portrayal of how one event can alter people's lives in ways they never imagined. When friends play a dangerous game with a gun, all of their lives change forever. This book shows the effects that a mistake can have on everyone involved.
Mar 19, 2008 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Fiction told in an alternating point of view after a boy is killed. It is a chilling recount of what peer pressure can do especially if violence is involved.
May 23, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A group of friends hang out on a roof and one of them decides to play a dangerous game. The story unfolds with Connor's adjustment to the evening's events.
Apr 25, 2012 Paulyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written although I think the ending was kind of rushed.
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