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The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja
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Apr 10, 12

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Read in January, 2012

***READ FOR AUTHOR PRESENTATION***
Maggie, a high school senior, is an artist and a caretaker of her alcoholic mother. Her outlet is sitting a cafe called The Blue Mirror and drawing the people that past the cafe's window. She falls in love with an extremely good looking boy that she sees through the window. The suave boy, Cole, and his two friends, both younger girls, befriend lonely Maggie. It turns out that Cole and his friends are homeless and thieves, but Maggie ignores this because she loves Cole and he says that he loves her. Eventually, Maggie realizes that Cole is actually a sexual predator who victimizes Maggie and the other girls. Maggie finally escapes Cole and finds healing and friendship with one of Cole's victims.
This was my favorite Koja book because, although it was bleak, it dealt with the real issue of victimization, and how hard it is to realize if you are a victim. This book is a good counterbalance to the Twilight series, because this is what might really happen if you fall in love with a stranger and start spending n inordinate amount of time with him or her. The description of the characters and Maggie's voice were very intriguing, and the book had an uplifting but not cheesy ending. In essence, this book touches on a very real issue with delicacy and hope, and hope is sometimes what teens need most from their literature, especially victimized teens.
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