Throw Down Your Shadows
Sixteen-year-old Winnie is a creature of habit, a lover of ritual and stability. If she had her way, not much would change. But when a new family moves to town, Winnie and her three best friends—all boys—find themselves changing quickly and dramatically to impress Caleb, their strange and charismatic new companion. Under Caleb's influence, Winnie and her friends test bound...more
Each one of their summers is spent doing the same things in the same places. But new and dangerous things arrive in the form of one more- manipulator Caleb (picture seventeen-year-old Iago with less … murdero ...more
Winnie is a high schooler who lives in a small town nestled in the Nova Scotian valley. She has three best friends-Tom, Sam, and Jake. They are a close group who do everything together and feel superior to their fellow classmates, and everyone seems to be satisfied with this arrangement. When an alluring new student moves to town and befriends their group, Winnie struggles to deal with the growing fissures in her relationship with the boys.
It’s not always easy for ...more
Generally a Before/After structure is fine - except that much of Winnie’s self-reflection happens in the ‘Before’ sections. I also found the whole novel to be very preachy… I felt like I was getting a lesson about the history - social and economic - of the region.
One of the things that bothered me throughout the book was it not being firmly grounded in time. I deduce that the ‘action’ takes place around 2010… the fir ...more
Having a group of four good guy friends and no real girl friends, Winnie thought her life was complicated but somewhat predictable. With many traditions including a trip to the market with her single mom and nights alone while her mother tried to find ‘the one’, lazy summers with her friends who were dependable and didn’t always ne ...more
I really like how the story moves back and forth from the "Before" and "After" the winery fire. This book has all the elements for an extremely satisfying reading experience including a com ...more
Winnie is a sixteen year ...more