Author: Gayle Forman
Subject: Mental Institutions
Publisher: Harper Teens
Release date: August 2007
Length: 304 pages
I got this book: borrowed it from the library
"Have you ever had the "out-of-control" dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good.
No girl could survive Red Rock alone--but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare."
I picked this up because I really enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went from the same author and the subject seemed interesting. I liked Brits character. She wasn't that much of a rebel but she was a teenager who was missing her mother. Another good point was how Brit still managed to stay herself in spite of everything that happened. On the other hand, I did expect a more compelling read. Not that the things that happen weren't bad enough, but it just missed some tension to me. Other than that, I enjoyed reading the book. It has a good story, great character development and a rather original subject.
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By the same author: If I Stay, Where She Went.
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