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Candor by Pam Bachorz
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Feb 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: teen-middle-school, young-adult

Oscar Banks is the perfect boyfriend, the perfect son, and the perfect example of what every child should be like.

Oscar's father is the founder of Candor, an exclusive community where everything is perfect - there is no crime, teenagers do their homework and obey their parents, and everyone lives a healthy lifestyle. But Oscar knows something he shouldn't - he knows about the brainwashing messages embedded in the music that plays all over town. (think Stepford Wives) Oscar has found a way to burn counter-messages that keep him real. Everything is going perfectly until Nia Silva arrives in town. Oscar then has to decide what risks he is willing to take to save her.

This is an intense story about the dangers of control and the insistence of perfection. It is a fast-paced story that gripped me from beginning to end. It didn't end the way I expected but that's why I'm still thinking about it.

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