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Shadow People

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Gabriel, Lydia, Alex, and Hollis are four totally different teenagers who were thrown together by accident. Or maybe they were destined to meet, for they all share emotions that unite them—loneliness, frustration,
and anger. Apart they are ordinary enough, unremarkable and not much noticed. Together, in the dark of night, they are drawn to violence like moths to a flame. G
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Laurel Leaf (first published 2000)
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Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
I decided to follow up "Beach Books On A Bus" with a little back-to-school exercise. Shadow People is a book that my baby brother read when he was in high school (and when I was 27 and briefly moved back home with mom). Since I had never heard of it, I asked him how it was and he said "pretty good" - which is pretty high praise coming from a fourteen-year-old. Somehow his copy of the book ended up in my possession, and now I've finally gotten around to reading it.

So it's a YA (young adult) novel
I very rarely find myself satisfied with the endings of books anymore, hopefully its only been bad luck and coincidence. The book over all was a very easy read and had good insight on the characters thoughts and emotions. "Shadow People" is the title and as a result I expected them to be quite a big concept in the book, however; they were only mentioned a few times and through the end they were never explained. I can only assume that the "shadow people" Gabriel kept seeing at night were the figm ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The Book the Shadow people is about Gabriel, a senior at his high school who had just moved from the city and got mixed up in a gang of sorts, and a double love interest. The book the Shadow People was rather predictable, but still thrilling. The book is a fun read but can get repetitive as the characters stay static and caught in their own problems that always seem to reoccur, such as the death of Gabriel's brother which is always present in the book and becomes dull, and the repeated notion of ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The fictional book Shadow people by Joyce McDonal gives four seemingly real life characters as she puts them to the test of revenge, and lonely. You'll get hook form the start where you begin trashing this store then wind up with a plot that will make you guess until the end. Joyce excels telling the lifes of a teenager gang that takes it to the extreme.
Sylvia Dixon
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was an edgy story and I ripped through it in no time. The individual teen characters were well developed. There was a sense of foreboding that keeps you engaged and it was an overall satisfying read. I thought the end was too abrupt but maybe that was because I wanted the story to keep going.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. It was so interesting. The plot was so riveting, and the ending was so bitterly ironic. I loved this book!!!
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Wow. This book had really good description of hate. Kids form a gang and blow up things and stuff.
William Kselin
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
By breaking down the book's storyline into each individual character's thoughts and perceptions of the events going on, Joyce McDonald put together a very captivating story together.
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Born in San Francisco, CA, and raised in Chatham, NJ, Joyce McDonald received her BA and MA from the University of Iowa, and went on to complete her Ph.D. at Drew University. She is the author of several books for children and young adults, among them the award winning Swallowing Stones, and the Edgar Award Nominated Shades of Simon Gray. She has taught
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