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Let's Buddy! - Contemporary > Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman -> Starting April 6, 2018

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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."



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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I hope that you like it as much as I did the first time I read it! I'm excited to finally get back to it.


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I'm at page 35 right now but plan to keep going, so I should catch up to you. Feel free to comment any thoughts and we can discuss. You can use spoiler tags if you want to hide any thoughts.


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments Ok, I read through chapter 40. I really love this. I relate to Caden so much. (view spoiler)


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I am so glad you are enjoying this!

Yes, I have a lot of Caden's social anxiety issues and I can see myself in some of his paranoia and even depression. I have thankfully never dealt with anything to these extremes, but this book handles it all so well.

Have you read any more? I read some on my lunch break today. I think I finished chapter 61 or 62.


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments Awesome. I will focus on some of my other reads until you've had a chance to read some more. :)


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I will read more today. :)


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I've just read through chapter 85. (view spoiler)


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments Just read through chapter 100. This book has some amazing scenes and handles mental illness in a relatable but not extremely depressing way. That's one thing I like so much about it.


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments I just read through chapter 120 as well. (view spoiler)


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments Oooh, that's an interesting thought, Cristina.


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C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 8239 comments You're ahead of me! So no worries.

I think the main thing I see this time is how nonlinear the story is. Because Caden can't separate time in the same way that other people might. Hadn't really thought about that the first time.


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