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The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer   Miller
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Feb 18, 2012

it was amazing

As I read this novel, I kept thinking: How did any of us survive high school? It is, as is so vibrantly captured here, a pretty brutal time—and in "Year of the Gadfly," there's the added, traumatic layer of students publicly exposing each other with journalistic fierceness. The journalism layers here were a lot of fun for me: I once worked in newspapers, and Iris, the main character here, desperately wants to do the same. Her only friend is the ghost of Edward R. Murrow, and with him in mind, she digs deep into the underbelly of a school (and a student body) in serious need of exposure. The characters are unique and fiercely real. And the story is a beautifully written, suspenseful tale about life in extremes, and the importance of the truth. Highly recommend.
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