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Ferocity Summer

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Would you rather be dead and know it, or alive and not know it? Scilla Davis is haunted by a horrible accident that she was involved in last summer--a drunken, reckless joyride that ended in tragedy. With a big trial looming, life seems empty, unreal, and utterly hopeless. It's especially painful watching her best friend, Willow, slowly destroy herself with pills and booze ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Flux Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Alissa Grosso's "Ferocity Summer" had the potential of being a good novel about a girl caught in the crosshairs of drugs, a death she's set to go to trial for, and a friend spiraling out of control, but I think even with the interesting premise that was supposed to be captivating, it dropped the ball with a cast of characters that were difficult to care about. I'm usually all for rough, gritty novels with no bars held on the tough situations the characters face. "Ferocity Summer" is a mature YA ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-author, dnf-dnr
Thanks to the author for this book via a giveaway from her newsletter.

I don't usually read YA books. After reading a few pages, I realized this book was not the one for me. Too dark and gritty.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
There’s a young man with death on his trail;
Another, who makes no sense, at first anarchistic then later a tendency to be angel on her shoulder;
That odd addition of knight in shining armor (only not quite because dig deeper and you see hero-complex coupled with lust and later confusion;)
And finally a best friend on self-destruct.

Ferocity Summer is shades darker than what I’ve been reading of late. In full honesty, it’s not a story I can say I enjoyed; what it is was gripping. In the midst of
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm having a really hard time explaining what I thought of this book - it's dark and weird and has lots of elements I usually dislike, but somehow, it works.

Ferocity Summer turned out to be very, very different than I'd expected. I thought it would be mainly about Scilla's decision whether or not to rat out her friends but really, that just kind of happens - Scilla starts telling the FBI agent stuff about her friends, and sometimes she feels bad about it, but I wouldn't say that deci
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I noticed a lot of people had a problem with this book. Again, no idea why. It puzlles me, really. First Pieces Of Us, which for me is a masterpiece, next Ferocity Summer. Maybe it's the absence of a vamp or a wolf, or a really hot guy girls can fawn over and tweet million abbreviations about. Maybe it's the huge dose of reality these books have that scare people. Even though I liked Popular better, no one can deny that Ferocity Summer is an exceptionally written book. Everything by Alissa Gross ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ferocity Summer is written as a gritty, realistic look into the downward spiral a teenager can enter once drugs and alcohol are introduced. What should have been a fascinating and enthralling venture into a chaotic and destructive lifestyle was hindered by an overly apathetic protagonist who's passive voice failed to resonate with me as a reader.

Scilla is a very hard character to like. She is not a nice person, constantly blaming everyone and everything but herself for her problems,
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
After I finished reading Alissa's first book, Popular, I was extremely looking forward to read her next one. Popular was an easy 5-star read for me. Ferocity Summer, however, was a debatable two-to-four-star read.

Priscilla Davis is frequently visited by horrible nightmares of an accident she was involved in last summer. She sees nothing but a bleak future ahead of her -- especially that a big trial is just around the corner. Add Willow, her best friend (or at least that's what she ca
E. Anderson
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I picked up FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso, I was not expecting such a twisty, turny action-packed book. I knew that the book dealt with a few unsavory things that are all too real to many teens: a rough home life, a best friend with an alcohol problem, the huge divide between working and upper class, and drugs. Specifically the fictional-but-could-be-ripped-from-the-headlines drug called Ferocity.

So as not to spoil you, I'm going to give you a wee list of fun other things tha
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Scilla is the perfect protagonist for this book as she is so easy to relate to. Teens likely will have either experienced first-hand or heard of events like the ones that happened to Scilla in the novel. She can be hard-headed and ridiculous as a character at times, but overall she is representative of the typical female teen. She is faced with several hard choices in this book, choices that include drinking and drugs. The reader will be side by side with her in the story, it is told from her pe
Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) C.
More like a 2.5
Ferocity Summer has a very I Know What You Did Last Summer feel - you know something, happen something that is causing this group of teens to take drastic measures, but you are just not sure what actually happened. As the story develops you get glimpses of that night and how one mistake can change everything.

The last year of Scilla's life has been horrible; she is haunted by the accident, worried about the impending court case and has no idea how to help her best friend, wh
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
I really enjoyed this book. It was gritty and realistic and it was actually a little scary when you think about how teenagers are actually doing this.

I was really surprised at how gripping the novel was. It sucked me in and I read this in one day. There was something about Pricilla that is easy to relate too. She is a character that teenager girls can read about and compare her story with theirs.

The situations and plot surrounding Ferocity Summer happen more than people think. I thi
Andrea Thatcher
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I met Alissa at a panel at Chester County Book Company. A few pages in it had me hooked. Stories about teenagers who go off the rails are always pretty entertaining. But those with a witty, casually bisexual anti-heroine at their center are harder to find and this one does a great job of depicting the complexity of that time in life and just of life in general.
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Well done! Fast and furious! The title is perfect!
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Alissa is the author of the YA novels Unnamed Roads, Popular, Ferocity Summer and Shallow Pond. She lives in Pennsylvania and when she's not busy writing or selling stuff on the internet she's probably hanging out with her boyfriend Ron or walking her dog Jack. She shares her writing adventures on her weekly Awkward Author vlog and podcast. Find out more and get a free ebook at