Tuesday, July 26, 2016

EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by E.  K. Johnston.  Penguin Random House Books, 2016.  245p.  ISBN 978-10199458-0 $17.99 hc.    Gr. 9-12    TN FIC

It's the summer before senior year.  Hermoine is the captain of her cheerleading team, and this is her last summer at cheerleading camp.  She wants it to be perfect.  It is.....until the Friday night party when she's drugged and raped.  As her friends grapple with academics, college applications, relationships, and their own emerging sexuality, Hermoine has the additional responsibility of seeing a psychiatrist to try to remember the sexual attack.  Her life is now full of decisions.  What if she's pregnant?  What if she remembers?  Should she prosecute the attacker and relive the whole incident?  There's a lot to think about for high school readers.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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