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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
A tall-majestic apple tree manages to grow in Jenna Durstine s apartment complex, where even blades of grass are at a premium. Nearby in third-period English at Grayson High, where Jenna is a freshman, her infatuation grows for someone who her mother has warned can only lead her to heartbreak. Jenna s journey to present day has not been easy. Born to teen parents. Along wi ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Helm Publishing (IL) (first published August 31st 2008)
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Steph Su
Jenna Durstine has not had an easy past couple of years. Her dad is in prison for domestic violence, and yet his presence burdens and frightens her with every move she makes. She is in love with her English teacher, Mr. Sansom, whose intelligence and genuine concern and interest in her make her nearly dizzy with happiness. He is her handsome protector…and totally O.Y.L.: out of her league.

A series of terrifying events leads Jenna into feeling betrayed by people whom she love, and she attempts to
Kieryn Nicolas
O.Y.L. was an interesting read. There was a huge plot twist that I didn't expect, and the way the story alternated between flashbacks and the present kept it moving at a fast pace. I pretty much read O.Y.L. in one sitting, and when I finished I felt satisfied with the story. I especially liked the English class scenes, because I studied Romeo and Juliet this past year, and the classroom scenes were very realistic. As the story progressed I could feel sympathy not just for Jenna, but for all the ...more
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Scott Heydt
Jul 25, 2010 Scott Heydt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Scott Heydt grew up in suburban Philadelphia and resides with his wife in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. With undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology and a Masters in Leadership and Liberal Studies, Scott attributes his passion for and knowledge of writing to the great teachers who guided him in the past.
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