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Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank
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Jan 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, young-adult-lit, realistic
Read in January, 2012

Ellie is just starting life at her new arts college and she is trying to branch out of her comfort zone. In high school she was the standard goth, anti-social kid, so now she wants to be more outgoing. During her first week there, she attends a costume party and meets Nate, a boy who is quite a bit more experienced than Ellie in every way. She gets caught up in an unsettling situation of sleeping with someone mainly because she's already started doing so and can't think of a good reason not to. This book earned points for me due to this plot. A lot of times in YA lit I see the girl sleeps with boy, finds out he's a jerk, and moves on to other boy/is heartbroken. The exploration of the fear and uncertainty that she feels is refreshing in a way and finally gives a look at this type of relationship. The book is extremely fast paced, told in short vignettes that range in tone and theme.

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