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(Bluford High #20)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Tarah Carson has hidden the secret for years. No one—not her mother, her friends at Bluford High, or even her boyfriend, Cooper Hodden—knows what her uncle did to her years ago. Tarah hoped to keep it that way. But an upcoming reunion is forcing Tarah’s past into the present. And Uncle Rudy, the man who scarred her for life, is returning. Haunted by memories, Tarah plans t ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 2013 by Townsend Press
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Kendy Mendoza
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this was a good book and that she was there for Kayla because she didn't want her to be left alone with her uncle. I'm glad that she finally told her family and boyfriend about what her uncle did to her. Because it's a lot of kids that's gone through that and it's not only girls but its boys to that are getting raped by family or others. I think that kids should tell someone no matter what someone says even though I know a lot of children are scared to tell because the
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the book was actually pretty good. Most of the Bluford Series are. The book was about a 16-year-old girl who was raped when she was younger. She was raped by her uncle who was 15-years-old at the time and she was around the age of 8. She never told anyone because she thought they wouldn't believe her. Her childhood was taken away from her. And now with her being 16 and having a boyfriend, Coop. She let's that situation cloud her better judgement. But now with the FAMILY reunion coming up ...more
Euponine Pierre
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Omg page 83 was the sweetest part of the book...SO SWEET
Paula Stock
The whole Bluford series is a good high-interest read for upper middle school students.
Markayla oneal
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Ramirez
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Survivor” by Paul Langan is a book about a girl named Tarah. Tarah has been living with a big secret that have been haunting her for 10 years. Nobody knows about her secret because she thinks that people would see her differently or as a victim. When she was a little girl, her uncle Rudy destroyed her heart, childhood, and life. She decided to live with it, until the day of her aunt’s birthday party where Rudy would be. An adolescent’s life is already very dramatic and busy but Tarah has to als ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The reason why I read this book is because my 7th grade teacher had recommended every one in my class to read it so that we can complete a project. Yes i love this book!!! I definitely recommend everyone else to read it also because it is an amazing book. It's sad but at the same times it's fascinating.

I like Tarah because she was a young brave and intelligent minded girl that kept a strong secret that would tare up her Families hearts. She was frustrated at times but she still held down the sec
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Survivor by Paul Langan is about this young girl name Tarah Carson who will soon have to face a fear nobody know about. She has this dark secret that she has been holding in for years, but it might be coming back to hunt her. Tarah goes to highschool, she has a boyfriend , she has friends, and she get along with her mother. I like how she had friends by her side but I did not like how she was scared to go to them for help. I give this book 5 stars cause it teach you, how you should go to an adul ...more
Karl White
The book SURVIVOR is the girl tarah trying to cop with what her uncle did to her when she was little.(but the memories ,the pounding of her heart on her brow and tears in her eyes were what happening to me? she thought to herself .I would recomennd this book to some teenage girls around the ages of 13 -17
Estuardo Isaias
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was great because this girl was raped at the age of 6 by her uncle who was 15 she has lived bearing that weight but she has now told her mother grandmother and boyfriend. she now feels better like relieved i really liked it because it made me go on deep thought about how other people deal with troubles in their life that none knows but people judge them for acting diffrent.
Valery A
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breaking point is such a great book and so is the series Bluford high. I love reading all there books to go into a new adventure in every book. Although this book is more on the sad side of there books and i think it is for more mature audiences this time. Other wise i do recommend this book.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Touching story - unfortunately so much truth to the situation
Camaya Whitfield
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book.
Kennedy Moore
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.The book was very interesting and entertaining .
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this was a good book. What i think she was saying is that she was scared to tell her mom because she was scared what she was going to think of her or like never talk to her again.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Survivor by Paul Langan is about a girl named Tarah and she is scared to tell her family and boyfriend that she was raped by her cousin. I liked this book because I could visualize a lot of things she was doing. After reading this book I someone who loves reading about realistic stuff should read this.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like this book because when her uncle comes for a reunion, she is scared because of what happen in the past. The main characters are Darcy, Tarah, Cooper, and Tarah's mom. The theme is don't keep secrets when you need help. The authors purpose is to entertain the reader about how Tarah survived getting abused by her uncle. The author's point of view is first person because Tarah is telling the story on how she had to live with scars from when she got abused. Those characters change over time w ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read the book called Survivor. It's about a girl named Tarah, who is the friend of Darcy, a character also from the Bluford High series. She is a person who is very thoughtful about things and cares for others. That’s what I have learned as I read this book. So it started off with a scene of her mom and aunt looking at old photos of their whole family. They were getting prepared from their great aunt’s 90th birthday, since she was the oldest living family member. As they searched through ...more
Amy Cheney
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Survivor by Paul Langan. Langan packs a lot into this little book; it all works and the action keeps flowing. Chapter one finds Tarah stressing that her Uncle Rudy is coming to Aunt Deborah's 90th birthday party and family reunion. Tarah has never told anyone what happened with Uncle Rudy when she was 6 years old, and now she's having flashbacks. And she's kinda cranky and paranoid cause she's stressing. She's now lying to her boyfriend Cooper, her mom, her best friend - well, everyone. She accu ...more
Ephod Leonce
Survivor took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. My heart cried for Tarah, who was in conflict with herself and the secret she was keeping from everyone, because insecurity. This book touched me because, I myself have a little sister and couldn't imagine her in that situation.

In Survivor, Tarah says,” What if he sees me differently after I tell him what happened?”.(line 9-10 pg. 85) In this quote she's referring to how she thinks her boyfriend might feel if she tells him how her uncle raped
I thought this book was alright. Had a little hard time on what I should rate it weather it should be 3 or up. I got done with this book on July 26 or 27. I didn't like that it mentioned Rudy every time something would happen. I know the author wanted to get the point in your head that she was afraid but It got annoying. I liked the conversation that Tarah and Coop had at the beach. I like Tarah's mom, she seems like a very strong, brave women. I could relate to Tarah loving kids and possible be ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Tarah Carson has a good life, good friends, a great family, a job she loves, and a dream boyfriend. She also has a secret she has kept hidden for ten years, but as a family reunion gets closer and she discovers she will once again have to face her Uncle Rudy, memories threaten to drown Tarah and destroy everything. Her last meeting with Uncle Rudy was at a family wedding. He was fifteen and she was only six. He took away her innocence and ruined her childhood, but it is a secret she kept all the ...more
Jonathan Chitaya
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Tarah who has a secret; A deep dark secret that she and her uncle know about. A reunion is coming up for her family to meet up. She's scared because she knows her uncle will be there, which is the last thing she wants...

I like this book, but I don't know if its enough to really draw me in as much as the author has done in the past. Overall, it was great story. It had a very great plot and summary behind it, a good way of making you visualize, etc. But the reason w
Kha-Vinh Tran
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good because was based on a teen who experienced something that she had been hiding from everyone for years. I thought the author´s writing was great like the writing in his other books. Something I liked about this book was that it was detailed and interesting.I wish this book and all the bluford series books were longer. This reminds me of nothing I haven´t read or seen anything like this except for the bluford series I would recommend this and all the bluford series to ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent, and this book shows off what someone who been raped goes through and how they have to keep secrets. Because they are scared to tell someone but, in the end, I'm really glad that Tarah finally said her family and boyfriend what her uncle did to her after all those years. Like she was only six and he was fifteen, he knew better because he was older enough to understand that what he did was wrong in so many ways. And I was glad that Tarah looked out for Kayla beca ...more
Joseph Young
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is pretty heavy stuff for a teen book! I love how the authors of these Blueford books draw you into the protagonists' world and make you feel what they feel, even if it's something you can't relate to personally. Survivor is certainly no exception. I felt the same pain, the guilt, the shame that this girl carried with her since her childhood and I felt the incredible courage that she had to have to do what she did. Very few books have touched me to my core as these books have, I highly reco ...more
Brianni Albert
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tayah got raped by her uncle years when she was just a little girl. He told her not to tell and obviously she didn't. During this book, she has flashbacks of parts of this event and the things leading up to it. She is scared for men to touch her, fearing they might hurt her like her uncle did. She has to meet up with her uncle at their family reunion and is scared her uncle might do a repeat. What will Tayah do? Will her boyfriend save her?

I recommend this book to 7th and 8th graders.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I have 2 sets of the Bluford High series in my classroom. All the students who have tried the books tell me they are amazing. (Okay, I think there were ONE or two students who said they were "okay." But NO ONE has disliked them.)

I finally read a Bluford book for myself. They're an easy read, but deal with tough topics for teenagers that really engage them. I felt like the books get a little preachy in some places, maybe, but they're good.
Elijah Christopher
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Survivor is the book that has hit me the hardest. I can't say much about why, but it has been the best book of the series thus far. The strength that the main character showed in facing up something that could destroy people the way she did, though she is only a character, I still admire her greatly. ...more
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Born in Philadelphia, Paul Langan spent his early childhood in the city before moving with his single mother to southern New Jersey. There he attended public school and worked a variety of jobs—including salesperson at a shoe store, attendant at a horse ranch, landscaper at a mental hospital, and a night-shift stockperson in a warehouse store near Atlantic City. “Each job,” he says today, “could b ...more

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