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The River King by Alice Hoffman
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Jan 24, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: coming-of-age, death, mystery, realisticfiction, romance, magical_realism
Recommended for: High school teens and adults
Read in January, 2008

Alice Hoffman weaves a dark web of mystery and real-world magic in the small town of Haddan, Massachussetts. With a few beams of sunshine through-out, this novel reads like a modern-day gothic.

Carlin, a poor young (but of course, beautiful!) teen, lands a scholarship to the prestigious Haddan School through her determination and swimming abilibity. Haddan is a small boarding school for the elite families of the east coast and outsiders are definitely not welcome. She befriends Gus, a charmingly geeky boy whom everyone is determined to either hate or be annoyed by. Things get out of hand at Haddan School, when some serious bullying has a horrific result.

The story intertwines mysteries from Haddan School's past, romance of teachers, an interesting police detective with a record of his own; and beauty which can be found, even in the darkest of times.

And even when it seems some kids can get away with murder, they never really get away.
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message 1: by Roxanne (new)

Roxanne You should mark this review as having spoilers. According to the jacket copy, the boy's death is a mystery. I haven't read it yet, and I didn't need to know that "some serious bullying has a horrific result" or that kids who seemingly "get away with murder" "never really get away".

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