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352 pages, Hardcover
First published April 10, 2014
Theo’s best friend and next door neighbor, Donovan, disappeared four years ago, when they were both 13. Since then, her dedication to ballet has kept her focused. But then Donovan is found and returned home. He won’t see or talk to anyone, no matter how many times Theo tries calling. Theo’s carefully balanced world is thrown completely askew. To complicate things even more, Theo has a secret, something she hasn’t been able to talk about, either. And it seems to be connected to what happened to Donovan. But she can’t talk unless he does.This book was a harrowing read, as dark and gloomy as the Chicago winter it’s set in. It features kidnapping, pedophilia, anorexia, and a lot of smoking, drinking, and drug use. It was very good, very tense and suspenseful. But wow, it was tough for me to get through.
People fawn over the beauty of dance. The long legs and elegant shoes and expertly twisted buns. And it's not that they're wrong. Those are all part of the reason I was drawn to ballet at the age of three. But I'd be willing to bet those same people have never set foot in the dressing room of a dance studio. Because you can't quite look at it the same once you've been to the other side.
Thirteen. I learned how to put a condom on a guy when I was that age. Not every time. Only when Chris felt like it. Which wasn't often.