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Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank
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Mar 09, 12

bookshelves: young-adult-2012
Read on March 09, 2012

First year art student, Ellie, experiences everything imaginable about adult life and perhaps too soon. Things she encounters are first time boyfriends, sex, drugs, and ultimately finding herself as an artist and as a person. After falling in love with the first boy she has a fling with, Ellie ends up not knowing how to take control of her life and lets people walk all over her. For being so young, experiencing new things, and being away from home, Ellie has to deal with these pressures and conflicts all on her own.

Ellie is a person who is easily talked into anything, and literally anything! Her first fling with a boy and starting a relationship with him has caused her to fall in a habit and giving him what he wants and not getting what she deserves in the end. Through her art school, Ellie is able to find, express, and learn about herself and that her beliefs and values are what matter most.

The conflicts that will definitely cause trouble include the sex and drug references. It is for mature readers and this book should not be read within the classroom. However, I would not say that students shouldn't completely stay away from it; there is a point where they can be mature to read the material and also be mature enough to accept it for what it is.

I gave this story a 3 out of 5 because it was an okay story and the ending didn't leave me with anything to think about.
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