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Black Creek Crossing by John Saul
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Jun 30, 07

bookshelves: mental-anguish

I really, really disliked this book. I kept reading it, hoping it would get better - but it never did. Rather, it delved further and further into the bizarre world of two troubled teens who forge a friendship built on their mutual status as outcasts. Their story was sad, but their characters were un-engaging. I felt like the author tried to imagine and subject unto his characters the "semi-worst" that could happen to an adolescent, but ultimately, there seemed to be no real purpose, which left me feeling disappointed and vaguely disturbed.

If the "horror" that was supposed to be present in this novel lies inherent in the consequences of troubled teen life due to perchance acts of selfishness and violence, then I suppose it succeeded. But there are probably other, better stories that have covered this same theme with a better moral, better writing - something, anything. I don't recommend this book.
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