**spoiler alert** Sixteen year old Cadence “Caddy” Finn is a junior and new student at Birmingham Arts Academy. Upon her arrival, she finds that her P**spoiler alert** Sixteen year old Cadence “Caddy” Finn is a junior and new student at Birmingham Arts Academy. Upon her arrival, she finds that her Peer Pal is Mandy Bowers, a classmate and friend from birth to middle school. She is very excited to reconnect with Mandy, but has to make sure Mandy and her theatre friends do not find out about her OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Caddy has had magical thinking about her surroundings in the past, but it has reached a severe status since her parents split and her dad now lives in another state. Debut author Rachel M. Wilson allows her main character, Caddy, to tell her story in first person present tense. This allows the reader to fully understand Caddy’s innermost feelings and fears. She believes that if she does not have skin contact with anyone her dad will come home. She begins wearing evening gloves and covers every inch of her skin. Her maxim becomes “Don’t Touch.” She is cast as Ophelia and her friend and crush, Peter, is cast as Hamlet. How will she ever make it through rehearsals and the performances without the threats of being touched? She finally realizes her dad is all about himself and she cannot change him. She begins to allow her theatre friends, who are slowly realizing her OCD issues, to help her; especially Peter who is very thoughtful and patient. He too has had issues in his family life that helps him relate to her. She gains strength within herself with some guidance from a therapist. The author uses this novel to highlight teen anxiety and mental disorders. In an author’s note, she shares her own experience with OCD and offers resources for those that may need help or information.
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Six hundred years ago, Cyrus saved Seraphina Ames from the death of a stabbing by administering an elixir he and his father created during the time ofSix hundred years ago, Cyrus saved Seraphina Ames from the death of a stabbing by administering an elixir he and his father created during the time of the Black Death. It not only saved her, but gave her eternal life through the method of Alchemy that allowed them to take over the bodies of other humans. Sera after all these years becomes increasing guilty about ending others innocent lives when she needs a new body, so she successfully escapes her boyfriend Cyrus. Her promise to never kill again is throated when she tries to save the life of a sixteen year old that has been in a car accident. She tries administers mouth to mouth resuscitation only to find that she awakens in the hospital as Kailey Morgan. She becomes a part of the Morgan family and enjoys her life as Kailey. She even begins to have feelings for Noah the boy next door. Sera has settled into the normal life of a sixteen year old when Cyrus shows up as her substitute teacher Mr. Shaw. She fears the safety of her human family and friends, because Cyrus wants her back. Williams leaves the reader with a cliff hanger and undeveloped characters that will hopefully be addressed as the Incarnation series continues....more
Leah Johnson, youngest of three sisters, will continue the family tradition of having the perfect boyfriend, being the homecoming or prom queen and thLeah Johnson, youngest of three sisters, will continue the family tradition of having the perfect boyfriend, being the homecoming or prom queen and the class valedictorian or will she. The summer before her senior, she decides that the perfect life her mother has planned for her and the perfect football star boyfriend are just not what turns her on. She already refuses to drive even though she has a driver’s license and a car. She even takes a lifeguard job at the city pool even though her parents are well off and well connected in the community. When she meets and accepts a ride with Jon Duffy, the valet at the country club, she realizes this is her chance to break away from her perfectionist family and live her life differently. As their secret romance develops throughout the summer, she begins to take charge of her life. Meredith tells the story through the voice of Leah and creates a character who displays the willingness to be her own person despite her family even though she still exhibits many rich girl and entitled traits....more