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Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
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Feb 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: cutting, young-adult
Read in February, 2012

Missy is a cutter. She presents a goth like aura at school and is able to hide her cutting from her way too busy parents, her annoyingly popular little sister, and even her best friend whom she is now avoiding. Until one night when she cuts just a bit too deep and Death appears to her. Yes, that Death, except he looks amazingly like a long dead rock star. She is chosen to become "War" one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

For those familiar with Kessler's other book (Hunger), this is not a surprising premise. This one is a bit more compelling due to the shocking first line: "The day Melissa killed her cat, she met the angel of Death" and the even more shocking way Melissa's cutting is outed to the whole school. There's a lot of philosophy in both books -- explanations (sort of) of Famine, War, Death, and Pestilence and their interwoven paths -- that could be confusing for teens. But the real story is about Missy and the rage that causes her to cut and how she comes to realize the flaws in that pattern and seeks help. I would recommend these books to teens who like those YA books about serious teen problems.

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