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Dark Angel

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  482 Ratings  ·  63 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2004)
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Mar 27, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A lot of reviewers describe this book as a mystery. I didn't get that impression from it. Dark Angel is more of a general fiction book. You can't call it a coming-of-age novel because Jeff, the main character, is incredibly mature for his age, but then he's had to be.

When he was 12, his older brother, Troy, murdered another kid and was sent to prison for it under a life sentence. The fallout was so traumatic, Jeff and his parents had to pack up and move to a small town in New Jersey where they m
Jacob Kuckkahn-Maybe?
May 16, 2016 Jacob Kuckkahn-Maybe? rated it really liked it
Personal Response: "Dark Angel" is a book that really puts into perspective the life of an average teenager, that is if the average teenager has a murderous brother. The book looks through the lenses of a teen boy who seems to always have it good, until his brother is released from prison. I find this an interesting way to observe how a teenager perceives something, for instance, "My life is over!" The book acts as a story and a metaphor of a teenager's life, and I really enjoyed it.

Plot: Sevent
Joseph Thiem
Nov 07, 2014 Joseph Thiem rated it really liked it
I recommend the book “Dark Angel” to whoever likes a good mystery book. This book is about the Hastings family who has a secret that nobody knows but them. Jeff is the main character, he has an older brother, Troy, who was 16 when he committed his first legitimate crime that would send him to prison for the rest of his life. After Troy commits the crime the rest of his family moves far away to a small community town.

After moving they restart their lives. Jeff starts school and starts to play so
Nov 18, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Jeff Hastings' family harbors a dark secret. 5 years ago, the oldest brother killed a boy at school with a knife, and was sent to prison with a life sentence. They've moved on with their lives in a new town, trying to forget the terrible things Troy did, but on a technicality he is being released from prison, and now they have to confront the thing they've tried so hard to avoid.

Dark Angel is a story about good and evil, but not in the sense that the lines are clearly drawn. Jeff has to decide
Heather G
May 26, 2009 Heather G rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Gotta love David Klass!
Apr 24, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2013 Jacky rated it really liked it
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
*SPOILER* Jeff's brother Troy is released on a technicality from a life sentence in prison for stabbing a boy to death when he was 16. Jeff has not seen his brother in five years and he still resents how Troy's crime disrupted his family's life and forced them to move to Pineville. Their parents, however, are willing and hopeful that Troy is a changed man. Troy seems to be on the right track, finding his own apartment, working long hours at the grocery store, and earning people's trust. But Jeff ...more
Anna Lee
Nov 04, 2015 Anna Lee rated it it was amazing
Dark Angel by David Klass is a story about a young teenage boy named Jeff and his life in high school. But, his life is a little more complicated than meets the eye. His family has a dark secret from their past that they tried to escape from, only now it seems their past has come back to haunt them. Jeff’s older brother Troy has just been let off of his life sentence in jail for murder, and is coming to live with them in their quiet little town. Soon after he comes home, a conflict between Troy, ...more
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
Nov 02, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
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Richie Partington
Jul 23, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2008 Caleb rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Sep 19, 2013 Ejung01 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2013 Despair Speaking rated it really liked it
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
Heaяts&Smiles_♰ .
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
Jordan Alestock
Sep 29, 2015 Jordan Alestock rated it really liked it
Seventeen year old Jeff, enjoys his life that has evolved around him. Until one afternoon in the summer of August he relinquished to tell his girlfriend Beth that his troubled brother Troy will be coming home from prison after the murder of a boy in his grade. Jeff can't forgive his brother for the trouble he had caused his family over the years. Soon after Troy is back home jeffs life takes a spiral and heads for the worst. When jeff's local rival on the soccer field winds up missing he's convi ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Meghna rated it it was amazing
This was probably the most interesting book I have ever read. I love mysteries and if they are suspenseful, I will NEVER put the book down. I am not kidding. I couldn't stop reading this book. This is a mystery which is great for anyone who loves suspense but it is a "darker" type of mystery. Not safe for minds who cringe at a black cat walking past them...
May 03, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2009 Lindsrichard11 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lydia Hurley
May 11, 2015 Lydia Hurley rated it liked it
Dark Angel was a good book, but it could have been 150 pages thinner. It was slightly repetitive, using phrases such as, "mocking gray eyes" and, "the big guy" over and over again. Except for the important parts, much of the book was a "second verse same as the first" sort of thing. However, the characters were believable and interesting, and the dynamic between the brothers was fascinating.
Jun 10, 2009 Bella rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2010 Frezanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
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
Apr 24, 2015 Grantclark rated it it was ok
I found this book to be an "ok book." It's listed under the mystery shelf, but I found it to be more dramatic than mystic. That's why I didn't like it so much. In a short summary the book was about a family that had moved away from their eldest son and brother because he was jailed for killing a young boy. He is recently released because he was jailed as a minor. Jeff's life is fine until Troy comes home. Then his whole life changes. Everyone treats his family different now. Including his girlfr ...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
Aug 12, 2014 M. K. Hoggerl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-german
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
Annalise Prizio
May 05, 2014 Annalise Prizio rated it it was amazing
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!
May 17, 2014 Tara rated it liked it
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.
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conclusion ***SPOILER ALERT**** 1 19 May 07, 2009 09:46AM  
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  • Alt Ed
  • Fade to Black
  • High Heat
  • The Last Domino
  • Fake ID (Hunted, #1)
  • Black and White
  • Bottled Up
  • Who Are You?
  • Freeze Frame
  • Crackback
  • The Monster Variations
  • Invisible
  • All Rivers Flow To The Sea
  • Yellow Flag
  • The Unspoken
  • Acceleration
  • Pinned
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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