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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Framed for a stranger's near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be respon ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Amulet Books
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Keertana
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Following the success of her debut novel, Bruised, Sarah Skilton's sophomore effort, High and Dry left much to be desired. Quite simply put, High and Dry contains one too many plot threads to function efficiently as a cohesive novel. Where Bruised was direct, providing focused insight on the trauma surrounding a young teenage girl, High and Dry follows high school senior Charlie as he tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Ellie, help his other ex-girlfriend find her stolen flash drive, and thwart ...more
Sarvenaz Tash
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like Veronica Mars and noir (two things I am a big fan of), then this book is for you. Sarah Skilton deftly creates a perfect mystery, set in the seedier underbelly of high school but peppered with dark humor as well. It's both an homage to noir, and something uniquely itself.
Ashleigh
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read as digital ARC.

High and Dry had sort of neo-noir or hardboiled feel to it--everyone's up to something, you can't trust anyone, you've got to run all over the place, interacting with different social groups to get the information you need. I basically loved it. The character relationships are all super interesting...the way the school operates, all the dirt that gets dug up--just great. Different from the other stuff out there, but not difficult to read and absorb.
Emma
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Elin- Year 8

High and Dry is about a boy named Charlie Dixon who seems to have a lot of problems blamed on him, even a fatal overdose at a party seems to be his fault, whilst being blackmailed into finding a flash drive in school. Charlie is in a bit of a mess, on top of this, trying to get through a breakup too, someone uses his car to frame him, resulting in him getting mixed up in yet more problems.

Charlie’s aim in the book is to win his girlfriend back whilst at the same time help h
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Jennifer
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a Free Uncorrected Proof copy of High & Dry by Sarah Skilton in a Goodreads giveaway.

First, I love the title of this novel and I love this book. Really, I thoroughly enjoyed this hardboiled mystery. Poor Charlie, our main character, is having a difficult week, exactly what was advertised in the description of High & Dry. He is stuck figuring out what the students and faculty are up to in his school and he’s not exactly happy at what he discovers.

The story is fast paced and entert
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Andrea
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't read many novels from a male's perspective. There's no big reason as to why, I just gravitate more toward a female narrator than a male. When I read the synopsis for High & Dry though I knew I couldn't pass it up - male narrator or no.

Sarah brings us immediately into the story. Ellie broke up with Charlie just a few days ago and he is determined to find out why. After showing up drunk to a party, and being kicked out of said party, Charlie wakes up the next day to find out that someb
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Lucy Swainson
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free uncorrected proof copy of High and Dry by Sarah Skilton in a Goodreads giveaway.

A quick, enjoyable read most likely due to the frequent plot twists that always keep you guessing. The majority of the book takes place within little over a week, ensuring a fast pace as the mystery is unravelled.

The characters' relationships are certainly reflective of real-life as we are made to feel then lose empathy for various people involved in a tragic incident.

Overall, a good read, with an e
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Jen
Charlie has had a crazy week. He's framed for the accidental overdose of a classmate, blackmailed to find a missing flash drive and offered money to throw his big soccer game on Friday...all while dealing with a broken heart.
In this noir modern, the hardboiled tone sometimes takes away from the characterization, but the author does apply the tropes of the genre well to a standard YA mystery, so I'll give her three stars for effort.
Precy Larkins
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, really.

This is not a genre I normally read--noir-ish, crime thriller type--so I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I enjoyed this read. It's very well-written, with a distinct voice, and I liked how the plot twists kept me guessing.

(I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.)
Sarah (YA Love)
I had the hardest time staying with this one. And the odd way the author structured the high school really annoyed me. I guess it's an interesting mystery. Hopefully my students will like it more than I did.
Stephanie
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
An extremely engaging and enjoyable read. I love the noir twist on a teenage tale, and I couldn't put it down.
Donna Gower
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I chose this book "based on the cover" for the 2015 reading challenge. I'd never read this author's previous work. It was a pager turner for me for sure. Really kept me wanting to read on.
Madelyn Joslin
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that High & Dry by Sarah Skilton was a very good book. It was about a boy and his love for this one girl, as he's starting to get his chances with her he quickly loses them because his car was used as a get away for someone who was over dosing on LSD and just dumped them out of the car. The police thinking that the boy was some how involved in it because it was his car that was used, try to go deeper into the investigation. The boy takes it upon himself to do the same as he uncover ...more
Mark
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I kept reading this book actually could not put it down but the ending was a real let down for me, seemed ridiculous. I guess I was hoping for much more, something darker and unexpected.
Sara
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, young-adult
Charlie's busy obsessing over why his now-ex-girlfriend dumped him, and he's having trouble focusing on much else until he's framed for a classmate's near-fatal overdose at a party. Around the same time, he's recruited by another classmate to find a flash drive, a task that seems pointless until he realizes that a lot of people want that flash drive and are willing to pay for its return. Also complicating his life, his friend is pressuring Charlie to throw the next big soccer game and Charlie is ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Somehow I knew right from the start that Sarah Skilton would surprise me. Her debut Bruised has a very special place in my heart, but it is such a spectacularly unique novel and Sarah Skilton’s authorial voice was hidden so well, that I didn’t quite know what to expect. The same remains true for High & Dry. Skilton is not a conspicuous, self-important writer. She hides behind her protagonists, making it seem that she played no part in the process of their creation and giving them a life of t ...more
Kaitlyn
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
High and Dry was really enjoyable to read. I found it fast paced, with lots of twists and turns throughout the story.
However, I found the character thoroughly annoying by the end. He ended up being cruel and pretentious and I think he was really awful to the people who cared about him.
I also think that many themes in the story, as well as how the character reacts to certain situations is not in compliance with the genre and age-group it is aimed at (Young Adult 14 and up)
This was apparent espec
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Kyla Micheli
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you like relatable and teen romance with a twist books? Well if so, than “High and Dry” by Sarah Skilton is the book for you. Skilton takes us through a fast pacing ride through a week of high school senior Charlie Dixon. Skilton does a very skillful job of keeping the reader on their toes. I picked up this book by just looking at the cover and the hook in the back of the book. This book takes place in teen relatable settings, schools, houses and parties ect.
Charlie Dixon an athlete and likab
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Arshia
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah Skilton, has a great ability to capture exactly what it is to be a teenager. Following the complete awesomeness that was Bruised, I knew I had to pick up High and Dry, and while I didn't quite love this one as much as Bruised, Skilton seriously delivered on portarying a teenager's thought process, motivations and fears.

The first thing I want to mention here is that Charlie's voice and narration felt really authentic to me, which is pretty rare when the author is female. Initially, I didn't
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Kimberly
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charlie Dixon was framed. A girl named Maria is seen being dropped off to a local hospital, high on LSD. Maria is admitted and things take a turn for the worse. As for Charlie, he knows it wasn’t him driving his car, or wearing that cap. But who wants to frame him for this? Meanwhile, school gets a little more interesting as his ex-girlfriend Bridget enlists his help to try to find a drive she left in the library. One that was stolen. But what was really on the drive? And can Charlie figure it o ...more
Dani Shuping
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-amazon
ARC provided by NetGalley

Charlie had everything going for him: soccer star, parents that trust him, and girl of his dreams is right there with him. And then in one evening everything falls apart: he's framed for a girls near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a flash drive, pressured to throw an upcoming soccer match, and the girl of his dreams has left him brokenhearted. What's a guy to do? Well if you're Charlie you become a detective and find out how framed him, discover the
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Lauren Stoolfire
I found an ARC of High & Dry by Sarah Skilton at my local Goodwill and thought the blurb sounded interesting.

This is the blurb on my ARC copy:

Charlie Dixon is having a bad week. Framed for a stranger's near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive that everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming match, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon is dealing with more than his share of drama. Add a b
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Jennifer
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Charlie Dixon has been drinking a lot since his girlfriend, Ellie, broke up with him. She was his world, and once she left, he felt he had to fill the void with something. His ex-girlfriend, Bridget, has been paying more attention to him, but it could be because she needs him to do some investigating about a missing flash drive that was taken from the library where Charlie works. And his former best friend Ryder, who’s gone through some tough times, seems to be into some sketchy stuff. He pays C ...more
Kayla Cagan
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
High and Dry is straight up YA noir. The language and tone hit the noir genre perfectly, without missing a very fun beat. If you like reading noir, you might enjoy this story that features high school seniors. If you like YA with a hard boiled, hyper-realistic bent, then this book is for you.

Author Sarah Skilton's writing is spare and muscular and dry in High and Dry. The plot is about the framing of Charlie Dixon, high school senior and soccer player (or "beckham"). Charlie's story unfolds in c
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Barbara
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Senior Charlie Dixon is a bit of a hot mess. He’s recently turned to teenage drinking (for self-medication, not fun) going so far as to slip booze into the coffee he brings to school. He credits his need for alcohol induced oblivion to heartbreak. His dream girl, Ellie Chen, has broken up with him seemingly out of the blue. The deeper problem seems to be a bad case of senioritis. Charlie has his future all planned out (a free ride to a local college where his father is a professor). The surety o ...more
Melanie
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

Not since Jack Bauer from '24' has a week in a fictional character's life been this eventful. Charlie Dixon is having a tough week -- and that's an understatement! He's been framed for a fellow student's drug overdose, is trying to win back the love of his life, playing soccer and trying to find a flash drive with its contents unknown to Charlie.

'High and Dry' is a tangled web of lies, deceit and confusion. The students have to remain in
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Sarah
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is super intense! There are a lot of wild plot twists and crazy elements throughout that make you want to keep reading until the end. I wound up getting sucked in after the first 50 pages. A lot of the issues in the book are serious that most people can relate to somehow.

The school aspect was weird. The whole issue about only being allowed to talk to your clique, and how you can't even talk to someone who isn't in the same grade or group as you without prior introduction? It's apparen
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Molly
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. Writing this honest review to say thank you

I picked up this book because it's from a male POV and it sounded kinda like a mean-girls-only-with-boys style contemporary, and I wanted to see how that worked. This was an okay book. Nothing mind blowing, but I didn't have any real problems with it either. It was a pretty quick read, a simple mystery, and the writing was pretty solid. There were a lot of metaphors about wate
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Kristin Runyon
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an ARC that I got at NCTE in November. I don't usually read the freebie books--I rely on my students. A freshman boy read this in May and wrote that it was more appropriate for 18 and up (ARC says 14 and up), so I thought that I should read it to determine it's appropriateness in my classroom library.

Yes, it's probably more appropriate for juniors and seniors, but there's no reason to not include it in my classroom library.

As for the story and as a high school teacher (for 24 years),
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