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Dark Angel

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  384 ratings  ·  52 reviews
A taut psychological thriller for teens

Seventeen-year-old Jeff thought he would never again have to deal with his older brother, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. But after six years, Troy’s sentence has been overturned on a technicality and he is released from prison. He returns to a family deeply divided about having him back home. Jeff can’t forget how his l...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2004)
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I was going to give this book 3 stars but decided to give it 4 stars because it thoroughly questioned how and what I think.

This is a story from the point of view of a teenage boy whose brother (a convicted murderer) returns from prison to live with his family. It explores relationships / selfishness / judgment/ friendship / trust / loyalty / good vs. evil / family / obligation / fear / success vs. failure / forgiveness.

I have never really thought about the point of view of the FAMILY of the murd...more
The Hastings seemed like the perfect family to their neighborhood because no one knew about them having a convicted murderer for a son. Once the secret spilled some neighbors’ thought that Troy just needed a second chance while others we’re quick to suspect him for being the reason a boy went missing in town. And the first one to try to prove Troy is guilty is Jeff, his younger brother.
I liked reading Dark Angel because the author questioned the reader throughout the book if evil was an effect o...more
Heather G
Gotta love David Klass!
Alexus Taylor
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I would recommend this book to my friend because, of the characters relationship and the situation that they are in. What kept me reading this book was the synopsis, on the front cover, of the book. My favorite character is the main character, Jeff, because I can understand what he is going through and he has a good personality. I was not able to predict the ending of the book because, every time I come to the ending of each chapter I have no idea what to expect for the en...more
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Richie Partington
1 April 2005 DARK ANGEL by David Klass, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Frances Foster Books, October 2005, ISBN: 0-374-39950-6.

"The links between brain chemistry and behavior reveal problems facing research in social and political science if the life sciences are ignored. An estimated 11 million American children take Ritalin and many others exhibit ADD, ADHD, or other learning disabilities. Over 83 million Americans take Prozac, Zoloft and other medications for depression or other psychological c...more
Dark Angel is a very fast moving book with alot of action. There is alot of violence and aggresion. This is a story of a murderer released from prisson trying to start over again. But his anger and aggression get in his way causing him to make a bad mistake. Troy the murderer was sent to life in prison after stabbing his rival in the stomach at the age of seventeen. Now after five years the government went through his records and thought he should not have been tried the way he was tried. He was...more
Feb 24, 2010 Ruhama rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Jeff’s life has been perfect for the past 5 years, but he’s received some shocking news that will turn everything upside down for his entire family. Jeff’s older brother is coming home from jail early, originally incarcerated for stabbing a boy. Now Jeff has to tell his girlfriend the truth, hide that truth from everyone else, and try to get along with his family while Troy attempts to re assimilate into normal life. Unfortunately, the secret gets out and life becomes very hard for Jeff, and he...more
When I originally picked this book up and read the preview, I was a little hesitant to read it. The plot sounded familiar to me, and the concept wasn't too catchy to me. In the end though I did read it. I was completely surprised. This book was not like most of the books I read. In most of the books I read, they are not incredibly intriguing for awhile in the book. However, this one held my attention from the second page. I'm about to include a few spoilers so if you haven't read it yet and you...more
Despair Speaking
Do you know how it feels to live with a killer? Jeff does. Jeff's older brother, Troy, had been accused of killing a boy and the evidence points to him. He was then sentenced for life and his family moved on without him.

Six years passed. Jeff finally has a good life and even a girlfriend. But when Troy's sentence is cut short because of technicalities, Jeff is forced to live with the one who ruined everything and will ruin everyone again. His parents may have accepted Troy but he never will. Jef...more
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Jeff’s life has been perfect for the past 5 years, but he’s received some shocking news that will turn everything upside down for his entire family which is that his older brother is coming home from jail early, originally incarcerated for stabbing a boy. Now Jeff has to tell his girlfriend the truth, hide that truth from everyone else, and try to get along with his family while Troy attempts to re assimilate into normal life. Unfortunately, the secret gets out and life becomes very hard for Jef...more
It had me some issues. I'm really just so glad and lucky that I bought it on some bargain at NBS, SM Molino.

Okay, so the book.
It's so beautiful I can't. By beautiful, it doesn't have the essence of other YA books I have read (God the narrowness of my knowledge) but it kept me on the edge of my bed, figuratively, until I get to the end.

I am spoiled in a perfectly beautiful way. The one I read for spoiler reviews. I misunderstood it. :)) Therefore I expected the wrong conclusion, kept waiting for...more
Dark Angel was an interesting and well investigated story which delved deeply into the dilema of how you can have moral issues against violence and how your decisions may be different when they conflict with family members. I think that the content was adequate for all high schoolers, but was still a good read for those who would normally lean towards more challenging books. I was really curious the whole time whether or not Troy was guilty of murdering Franchise Fraser and the twists and turns...more
I found this book very interesting. This kid who is a junior in high school has his brother Troy coming back from prison after a 5 year sentence. The problem with that is that Jeff can't really trust Troy after 5 years of prison. Ever since Troy comes back Jeff's life seems to be going downhill.
Jeff's girlfriend, Beth can no longer see him, because Beth's father had found out about Troy and is trying everything he can to protect his daughter. Well while that is going, on other guys on Jeff's so...more
Jun 10, 2009 Bella rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teens (like 15 and up)
When Jeff Hastings brother, Troy, come home early from his life time sentence in prison, things quickly turn upside down. Beth, Jeff's girlfriend, stops talking to him, and soon many other people are upset with him as well. While Troy fools everyone into thinking that he is ready for a new start and has turned over a new leaf, Jeff remains suspicious. And when Tom "Franchise" Frasier goes missing after a fight between Troy, Jeff, and himself, things get even worse for Jeff's family. And when peo...more
I would like to give this a five star but there is just one thing hold me back. I really really hate Beth. I think Beth is somekind of catalyst that make all the events happening. Some the events can be avoided if she wasn't lying to Jeff about the real reason she avoided Jeff. And to think that she has the holier than thou attitude to Jeff when the disappearance started. Really rankled me. I think Jeff was better off without Beth. The last scene between Jeff and Beth makes me want to throw the...more
I kinda didn't know how to review this book. It's gripping, suspenseful, honest and realistic. The characters are complex and well developed. I liked it while I was reading it, but I wasn't really impressed by the time I was done with it. I guess I had different expectation for it. To be fair, the author asks all the hard questions about morality, free will, good and evil. While the answers or the allusion to them aren't really original or ground-breaking, I think they are thought-provoking and...more
M. K. Hoggerl
I read this, when I was 13 years old and my dad and I accompanied a class of 17-year olds and their really cool German-Teacher to go to a theatre. On the drive their, the teacher started to ask me questions about the book.

I said, that it's about the question if there was a good or evil. He got interested so we started to discuss this question and the teacher borrowed the book from me. He loved it and made his 15-year old students read it :D

I loved the characters. I first started reading this bo...more
Annalise Prizio
I thought this book was very cleaver and spontaneous all the way up to the end. I wish it had a different ending and included more characters. It sort of just stopped,but overall it was a really great entertaining and a real turn pager book!
Definitely intriguing and provides a thoughtful look at the nature of evil. I don't feel the ending provides the right message for the intended teen audience.
I really liked this book, mainly because it always kept me wondering. This book was one of the best books that i have read, i think i might even want to read it again. One of the things that I really liked about this book, was the fact that the antagonit was the protagonis's brother.

A quote from the book that i think was important to the story was "life is short and death is forever". I think that this quote is important to the story because, I interpret that this means that we only live for a s...more
I Would have to agree with caleb on the fact that this book goes by very fast. There is so much stuff happening in it that you want to just keep reading and never put the book down. This isnt one of those books where something exciting happens and then it goes to pages of just information and boring parts of stories. It goes straight to the point and straight to the action one after another. This was a great book, it always kept me interested, and i would recommend this book to anyone that likes...more
Jodi Berkley
I loved the dark theme to this book.
Klass continually blows me away with his brilliance. I found it hard to breathe properly after finishing this book, it was so intense.

I'm always amazed how Klass can apply such deep and horrifying messages in his books. This one dealt with the recognition between true good and evil. Tied within his book are startlingly real characters, true horror, and plot twists on every page.

"Dark Angel" was a spellbinding mystery that left me guessing after every page. I'm still reeling from how brilliant...more
Mar 11, 2008 Talia added it
Shelves: ya
The cover of the book is great, and although it won some sort of Hooiser Book Award for Young Adults, I thought this book really stunk. I checked it out of the library at the high school librarian's recommendation. But it is full of predictable, stereotypical characters. I think the whole brother is murderer and somehow he gets released from prison to come live with you and your forgiving parents is a plotline with a lot of potential, it just doesn't come across that way. I couldn't picture any...more
Neill Smith
Jeff and his family moved to a new town to start new lives after his brother, Troy, killed a boy and was tried and found guilty in adult court. Now, five years later, the prison authorities have decided to release Troy and he's coming home to the new community. Jeff believes he is truly evil but his parents really want Troy to have a fair chance. As the truth about Troy surfaces Jeff's life changes dramatically.
Jo Annika
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I thought Dark Angel was a very well-written story. It made my emotions change with each chapter and taught me about a topic I haven't seen in books I've read in the past. The plot moved along nicely and there were enough twists and turns to keep an easily distracted person like me interested. The ending threw in an extra twist that caught me by surprise and I think would do the same to anyone reading it.
Sarah Tilatitsky
I actually thought that this book....was GREAT! Not really, but David Klass captured the reality of life, basically. He captured the scrape of life and put it into this book. I really think that this book is great. AWESOME! All of that. Although, I do think that a certain element is missing. I'm not sure what, though. Anyway, read it. ☺
An Elliot Rosewater nominee. I read this to preview it for my classroom. I felt it was far too graphic for the age I teach but would highly recommend it to any high school age or older. Interesting thoughts about where evil in a person comes from and how families deal with a family member who is evil.
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conclusion ***SPOILER ALERT**** 1 18 May 07, 2009 09:46AM  
  • High Heat
  • Alt Ed
  • Fake ID (Hunted, #1)
  • Fade to Black
  • Crackback
  • Bottled Up
  • Black and White
  • Friction
  • Invisible
  • The Monster Variations
  • The Unspoken
  • Acceleration
  • The Perfect Shot
  • Cruise Control
  • All Rivers Flow To The Sea
  • Freeze Frame
  • Ball Don't Lie
  • Code Orange
David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass g...more
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