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A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A distinctive thriller that is most successful in its nuanced exploration of a young man's obsession and a young woman's journey to self-knowledge." -Kirkus Reviews

"I LOVED this book. This is a debut you want to read." -Kelsey Sutton, Author of YA novel, SOME QUIET PLACE

"The evolving relationship between Dez and Riley will hold the reader's attention until the final credits roll." -Booklist

"A solid mystery teamed with a believable look into the minds and hearts of teens."  -St. Paul Pioneer Press

"I liked Desmond, even while I cringed at some of his choices. I felt badly for both him AND Riley. Which is an amazing thing for an author to accomplish." -Forever Rewrighting

"This book was great. The mystery in the book was well thought out...I suspected everyone." -Broad-Minded Books

 "A compelling page turner...kept me reading late into the evening. I recommend this one to thriller lovers." -5 Star Review, The LibraryThing

"If you're looking for a creepy read, The Cutting Room Floor should find its way to your shelf." -(un) Conventional Bookviews

About the Author

Dawn Klehr (Twin Cities, MN) began her career in television, and though she's been on both sides of the camera, she now prefers to get lost in stories behind the lens. The Cutting Room Floor is her debut novel. Visit her online at DawnKlehrbooks.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738738042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738738048
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dawn Klehr began her career in TV and though she's been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories -in film, the theater, or on the page - and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She's currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog. The Cutting Room Floor is her debut YA novel.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on December 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
'The Cutting Room Floor' is a gripping young adult mystery/thriller that tells the story of two main characters - Riley Frost and Desmond "Dez" Brandt - as they both embark on journeys that could ruin their lives. Riley's life has been turned upside down at school after being dumped and publicly outed, so she turns to the mystery behind the murder of her teacher, Ms. Dunn, to keep herself busy. Riley turns to Dez, her best friend, for help when things start to get serious. What Riley doesn't know is that Dez is secretly in love with her and has been "directing" her life in various ways - blackmailing people, manipulating situations, and other stunts - in the hopes of protecting Riley and having her fall in love with him. Now his lies and manipulations have gone too far, and now they threaten the lives of Dez and Riley both.

I found this to be a refreshing and original contemporary YA mystery/thriller. The plot had several layers to it, all involving mini-plots with the characters, and all intertwining together to form the big picture of the book. I loved reading all the smaller story lines in the book and then piecing things together until I knew what was really going on. The characters were well written and realistic, especially the main characters of Dez and Riley. Both have flaws and definite obstacles they need to overcome, but I was fascinated by their separate stories and histories along with their relationship and how things would evolve between them. The plot was exciting with lots of twists that you don't see coming - it kept me on my toes and eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next. I always like to solve the mystery before the characters do, but I wasn't really able to do that with this novel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on October 2, 2013
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I am very happy to have found this exciting new author! Dawn Klehr is a clever young adult writer with style! She uses Dez's love of film to unfold a story of desire and murder. The book takes you on a rollercoaster of journey with the main characters Riley and Dez. It will keep you turning the pages to uncover the relationships, lies, and a murderer. Brilliant story with twists you don't see coming. Sensational from beginning to end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie on September 24, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book!!! The writing was brilliant, with just enough suspense and intrigue to keep you guessing and wanting more. I devoured this book in a couple days; it really pulls you in and I for one, could NOT put it down. There's a couple different story lines happening which made for an interesting read and the author does a fantastic job of tying it all together.

Riley and Desmond are lifelong friends but she's dealing with her own confusing love life while he has his sights set on manipulating her right into his arms. It was interesting how the story played out with these two main characters in finding out how strong their bond is and why but the surprising end makes you second guess Desmond's motives and leaves Riley more confused then ever.

Then we've got this murder plot which Riley's trying to solve and the details and clues continue to unfold. I loved all the twists and turns and the surprising ending; it was almost like the the story was wrapped up into one perfect, unpredictable package. This book was witty yet also suspenseful and exciting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray on October 8, 2013
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I have not read alot of YA books but this one caught my attention!! I love the way Dez told his story from behind the lens it was almost like watching the story onfold. Riley is just trying to find where she belongs which I think alot of young girls question there sexuality at this age. The murder was just a little twist to make the story. I think if you look at this book from a young adult point of view there life is full of drama and this book has it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Once Upon a Twilight on March 29, 2014
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Not sure how to describe this book. I know it is categorized into the mystery genre, but in reality this is more drama than anything. We get very little of the mystery, I mean until the very end of the book. So I am not sure why this novel is listed in that genre.

Honestly, this was an easy read. Dez and Riley are next door neighbors. They are also best friends, they tell each other everything – so that is what Riley thinks. Dez is obsessed with Riley and manipulates her relationship to try to get with her. The only issue is that Riley is not into him; truthfully she is not into guys. She dated very few before but then she realized she likes girls.

The story begins when Riley is humiliated by her current girlfriend, well ex, in front of many people. The entire school finds out that she’s into girls and they start making her life impossible. While helping Dez with a school project for a film competition, Riley discovers a clip of minutes before her favorite teacher is murder. She tries to discover the truth but then she somewhat forgets to do so. She’s pretty much busy trying to find out her true identity.

This book reminded me of Easy A. You know how the Christian girl, played by Amanda, is trying to covert Olive into a better person? Well this book has that feeling going. Only that in this book, Tori is trying to change Riley into being totally straight. She begins to make her more feminine – a total makeover.

In the end, Riley becomes aware of who she is and starts accepting herself. Then she finds out Dez’ scheme. In the process of this, they are captured by the killer but are rescued. However, Dez never learns. He is still obsessed. He still hopes for Riley to become his…
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