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Delusion Road

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Willa Jaffrey is beautiful, rich, dating the perfect guy and determined to have a fabulous senior year. Enter Keegan Fraser, a handsome new student who wants no part of the games everyone plays at Willa’s school. Despite a rocky start, Keegan and Willa gradually become closer, even as Willa’s carefully constructed universe begins to fall apart. But little does Willa know t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by HarperTrophy
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Catherine Forbes is a secret agent that is supposed to help Keegan's family, and he gives them their new identities and new locations to live.
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Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of the books that I was hesitant about picking up. This is something that happened on one of the first meetings in White Pine:

We had two teachers who were in charge of the club and were amazing. They introduced the books that we were supposed to read. After hearing about some of the books, I couldn't wait to start reading. A couple of books later, this book was in one of the teacher's hands.
"Okay guys, so this is the next book, it's called Delusion Road. I am not really fond about
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
"What you see is pretty much what you get"

Yikes! Delusion Road was an enjoyable read with good writing, strong characters and real issues. That being said, the story really seemed to drag on, and all of the mystery ended up being more frustrating than suspenseful.

What impressed me the most was how Don Aker writes teenagers. Bailey, Raven, Russell, Greg (who has acne! In case you forgot when it was mentioned five pages ago), and Wynn (unfortunately) are all people I've seen at my high school. I
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was hella confused for the most part. Things only got better when the dual perspectives started to tie in together; events were picking up. Other than that I wasn't really invested in the story! :/
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Rating: 2.5/5
***Minor spoilers***

Willa lives in the small town of Brookdale, Nova Scotia and is pretty much the spoiled, annoying rich girl. Keegan has been through a strange and has scarred him for life - a bomb went off in his house, killing his mother. Something took place with Keegan's father why a massive criminal is targeting him. To try to hide their family, the FBI has set them up in Brookdale, Nova Scotia, where Keegan has to lay low and not expose his family. He's finding it quite diff
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another one for my young adult materials class, I think this might be one of the better ones that I have read from that course. This book was ver predictable and very tropey however it was still really enjoyable and a really fun read. I ended up really caring about the characters and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still had trouble putting this one down. A perfect mix of angst, romance and a little bit of mystery and suspense to keep your attention.
Chris Allen
This book said some nasty things about drag queens and used very homophobic slurs.
Steve R
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A crackerjack thriller of a read, which had me going at a breakneck pace for the last 50 pp. to see what would happen. Set in a fictional small town in Nova Scotia, it involves a family who are eventually revealed to be in the witness protection program since their accountant-father agreed to testify about the mob-related practices of one of his former clients. This resulted in the fire-bombing of their house in the big city, which killed their mother. Hence the resentment of the oldest son to h ...more
Kristina Rauchlechner
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Delusion Road by Don Aker offers a story about criminals, killers and most of all high school drama.

Even though Keegan should mourn his mother's death and keep his head low in order not to be found, his mind only spins around Willa. Indeed, Willa is the most popular girl within his new high school leading to much trouble.

In general, Keegan's father Evan got into illegal business he was not really prepared for. Since he should help the FBI, the criminal decided to get rid of him and his family.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was full of suspense and mystery. First of all, the book is read from three different points of view. I know that some people may find that confusing or unappealing but I thought it was really interesting. It really added lots of intrigue into the whole mystery. Secondly, I loved the characters! Reading about them and their personalities, they really seemed like actual people; I felt that I could pinpoint who those characters were in my own high school. Rus ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Liam by: White Pine
I really enjoyed this book, despite its slow pace at the beginning. I liked how characters, such as Keegan and Willa were able to become friends, regardless of their bitter relationship at the beginning of the novel. I also hated Griffin Barnett for trying to kill Keegan's father. I enjoyed the teacher in the novel (though, I forget his name) because he really took an interest in his students and cared about them. I also hated Wynn because he took advantage of women, such as Raven and Bailey and ...more
Alison Jog
Another White Pine nominated book that I really enjoyed. I have read some Don Aker books before (The First Stone, The Fifth Rule, Running on Empty and The Space Between) which were all good. I was worried about halfway through the book because I wasn't enjoying the three perspective approach as much as I thought I would. It wasn't until a lightbulb went off and I could see the connections that I truly began to enjoy it. I loved Keegan's character from the beginning and Willa after she starting l ...more
Ayume Hyuchikaze
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a good book. I really appreciated the light shone on violence against women, especially those of minorities. The story and character development were great, too. The only thing I found lacking was the romance.

Willa grew on me. I started off loving Keegan and his kind heart, but Willa, especially in the climax, was unmatched!

Spoilers below:

The characters were a good match, but that sometimes made it a little cliché. Semi Spoiler: ....... Willa and Keegan were the kind of people that you
Alanna King
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: white-pine
This book is nominated this year for an Ontario Library Association White Pine award and It is hopping off the shelves in my secondary school library. At first I found the book to feel very abrupt as the chapters interchange between the two essential plots and subplots of the novel. This contrived double-narrative improves towards the midway point as the plots begin to come together. The characters of Willa and Keegan are very believable and well-developed so that we really care about what's hap ...more
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I really didn't like this book. I found it extremely predictable and very slow at parts. I mean it's a good concept like mixing killers and high school drama, but it didn't work. It was so boring and the guy was so mysterious it was frustrating when we didn't figure out his secrets sooner. There was too much build up and not that great of unfolding business. It was ehhh
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Worthy of its 2016 White Pines selection, this novel, set in a small town in Nova Scotia, tells the story of "Keegan", who, as the new kid for senior year, is mysterious and quiet. He's hiding a horrible secret, one that brings violence to the small group of friends who have befriended him. Excellent story--fast-paced and nail-biting!
Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read right from the beginning and, by the end of it, I am not surprised it was nominated for the White Pine Award. The book may have been written for a Young Adult audience but the storyline can be enjoyed by more mature adults as well. I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns as the story unravelled the secrets of Keegan's past.
Enid Wray
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another solid outing from one of my favourite Canadian YA authors, Don Aker. Solid writing, strong characters, and not afraid to tackle difficult issues. Multiple storylines come together in a dramatic ending. Life doesn't always turn out the way we want it to, but sometimes justice is served.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this suspenceful book. I liked the multiple perspectives. It was good.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Huge fan of Dan Aker and his books. Picked this one up when I saw it in the bookstore and read it from start to finish. Great plot and well written as per all of his other books.
Rosie Greenway
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly entertaining story. Not surprised to see Delusion Road on the White Pine finalist list!
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Born in 1955 in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Don Aker grew up in rural Hants County. He later attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts (1976), Bachelor of Education (1977), and Master of Education (1991) degrees. He has been a classroom teacher since 1977, and he currently works as Literacy Mentor for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. The fath ...more
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