Kass Bateman may be a lot of things, but she swears she's not crazy--even when she wakes up strapped to a wheelchair in a psychiatric hospital and can't remember how she got there.
When Kass's family members go missing one by one, she enlists the smartest guy she knows to help find them. Unfortunately for her, underneath his brains and indifference are some ...more
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Kass Bateman is the tough girl in school. Kass has had a rough childhood and it shows through her personality. Both her parents are mentally ill and her mother has been missing for some time. When a mysterious girl shows up at Kass's school claiming to be Kass's hal
Kass has been living her life in the outskirts, not fitting in or really even caring since her mother abandoned her and her father became secluded due to his mental illness. When she sees what she thinks is her mother returned to find her, Kass uncovers more truths and lies about her family, but at the cost of her last family member. Just when she feels alone, Kass has a random encounter with quiet, nerdy Eli who knows more about str ...more
Kass Bateman isn't crazy. Or is she?
The summary of 'Outcast' by Denise Jaden promises a plot that certainly sounds dark - complete with a mental hospital, missing family members, and a forgotten memory. When I picked it up, I expected long, twisty hospital hallways and dark mystery that pulls you in and wraps around you like a strait jacket.
What I got was... a little more underwhelming than that.
The writing and plot weren't bad - after I established that the ...more
Kass is mostly a loner, which you start to figure out is more by her choice than anything else. It’s mostly her and her dad – her part being more the parental role. She has one friend, but you get the feeling she’s still not someone she fully trusts, because he ...more
People are missing from Kass's life. One by one they are disappearing, but she has to convince everyone that it really is happening and that she isn't crazy. Soun ...more
It wouldn’t take much of a leap in imagination to think of unscrupulou ...more
This book took me a while to get into it was so back and forth. Kass is strong and level til Hope shows up in her life then she throws the whole thing outta wack!!! Kass wakes up strapped to a wheel chair and it gets crazy from there her memories are foggy and her family is missing. This book wasn't anything like I thought and the ending was crazy. ...more
I liked the premise of this book. I really couldn't stop reading to find out what happened. The first in a series, and this book ends with loose ends. ...more
Kass wakes up strapped to a wheelchair. At first she can't discern what is going on but she knows that this is wrong. That she is not crazy. You see a half sister, Hope. shows up about their mom missing. Then all of a sudden Kass' dad goes missing. The only person who can help her is Eli.
Can she convince him and her best friend Liz that she isn't insane. The something sinister is really taking place?
This was going great until the ending. It felt abrupt and not much on what will happen ...more
Kass is a kickass heroine who I would probably follow anywhere, but definitely into the next book! With her complicated family situation, and family members going missing in a crazy locked-up psychiatric hospital, it kept my attention from beginning to end. It felt like a thriller at times, a drama at other times, and also had some ste ...more
Spoiler: It wasn’t just good. It was amazing. I put down this book at sometime past midnight and stared up at the ceiling, just grinning, feeling like my heart had been replaced with a bunch of pure rainbows and honey-hued sunshine and sparkles.
Mass and Eli both have only memories of their mothers. Kass the troublemaking teen and Eli the geeky boy. Together they rescue her mom and dad from a horrible situation and become friends. I read this book as my O book in an alphabet reading challenge, but it ended up being a really good book.
Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010. She wrote the first draft in 21 days during NaNoWriMo. Her craft book FAST FICTION will serve as a guide for anyone wishing to try NaNoWriMo.
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