SHATTERING GLASS, Gail Giles.
From the flap copy:
"Simon Glass was easy to hate....I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him."
Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him -- until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon.
Rob enlists the help of his crew -- wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies' man Bob, and sweet, athletic Coop -- in a mission: Turn sniveling Simon from total freak to would-be prom king.
But as Simon rises to the top of the social ranks, he shows a new confidence and a devious side that power-hungry Rob did not anticipate. And when Simon uncovers a dangerous secret, events darken. The result is disquieting, bone-chilling...and brutal.
My take: I've been so enthralled by Ms. Giles' later YA novels, including What Happened to Cass McBride? and Right Behind You, the latter being one of my favorite books read in 2009, I've decided to go back to her earlier work and I am not disappointed. It's pretty brave for an author to do what Ms. Giles does here, delivering what would normally be the surprise ending as the surprise opening instead, thereby telegraphing the outcome. And yet the suspense never wavers. It's all so well done it makes me wonder what else the author's written that I've missed and what she's got planned next.
How about you? What have you read that's terrific in the past week?
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