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Dangerous Boy: First Edition Hardcover – August 30, 2012

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-11-Harper can't believe that Logan Townsend has fallen for her of all people. He's everything that a dream boyfriend should be: handsome, sensitive, attentive, and crazy about her. The only drawback is his disturbed twin brother. When bad things start happening in her small town of Enumclaw, Washington, she immediately suspects that Daemon is involved. Cow bones appear in mailboxes, flocks of birds are found dead, and Harper finds roses in her locker with the portentous words "I'm watching you" attached. Logan insists that his brother isn't behind all of the bedlam, but Harper isn't so sure. As she begins to unravel the mystery of the Townsend twins, she finds that the answer may be perilous. Hubbard hits the ground running with a heart-racing prologue. The story then builds with a slow burn and an ominous air. The resolution, though, is Hubbard's Achilles' heel. The book has so much potential as a modern take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but falls flat with an unbelievable conclusion instead. Still, fans of mystery thrillers who are looking for a light read will find it enjoyable.-Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Harper is racing for her life. Her pursuer is gaining ground behind her as she thrashes through the wet woods. Finally she can go no farther, trapped on the cliff rising above the Green River. Harper turns around and finds him gazing at her, dark eyes murderous. Now cut back in time one month earlier to a happy, lovestruck Harper. She can hardly believe that Logan, the gorgeous new boy in town, has picked her to be his girlfriend. His smile brightens up a room, while his dark eyes are kind and doting. Meanwhile, strange events are happening in her town. Bloodied cow bones show up in mailboxes, dead birds are strewn across a parking lot, and stop signs disappear from intersections. When Harper and her friends become victims of violent “accidents,” Harper suspects that her new love is somehow involved. The atmospheric setting of a small town set on the banks of the Green River in Washington—burial grounds for the notorious Green River Killer—adds to the Hitchcockesque tension. Hand to fans of Lois Duncan’s thrillers. Grades 7-12. --Diane Colson

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145116
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and FOOL ME TWICE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). She lives in Enumclaw Washington, with her husband and daughter.

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Format: Hardcover
DANGEROUS BOY starts in media res, with a girl running from a boy who wants to kill her and who has already killed once. Then it jumps back a month to show how that girl came to be running for her life through the rain.

The girl is Harper and the place is Enumclaw, Washington. It's one of those towns that's half-rural, half-suburban. Harper and her friends fall into the rural part of that equation. But Harper is no tough, strapping farm girl. She's pretty timid all around, on top of her ten big fears, which all relate to her mother's untimely death by extreme sports. Her boyfriend Logan has been doing his best to draw her out of her shell. Then she meets Logan's twin, Daemon. Daemon has to be homeschooled because he did something so bad in their old hometown that they had to leave.

The first half of DANGEROUS BOY was hard for me to put down. It wasn't just wanting to reach that heart-pounding opening scene. There's an extremely creepy atmosphere permeating DANGEROUS BOY. There's suddenly hundreds of dead birds. There are bloody handprints on every car in the school parking lot. People Harper cares about have strange accidents. She receives invasive letters from a stalker.

But then I really slowed down. It got to be too much. As multiple people tell Harper, she really needed to go to the cops. Yet she not only keeps things secret, she keeps trying for face-to-face confrontations with Daemon. I could maybe believe her stubborn insistence on facing down the creeper herself if she hadn't been established as a total scaredy-cat. When she tries to investigate the twins' past, she drives to Cedar Cove but spends her entire time reading the school's newspaper on microfiche instead of talking to people.
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It started out so good. And turned around just as quickly.

We immediately start off with Harper running from "him," whoever "him" is. I'm a big fan of when novels start out this way. It really sucks me in and gets me wanted to figure out who the mystery man is, how our main character ended up in the situation, and how they are going to get out of it.

Jump backward a month. Harper, her friends, and new boyfriend, Logan, are eating at a pizza restaurant discussing... I can't remember. Things teenagers discuss. Logan is new in town, having moved in with his uncle after his parents died, and pretty much immediately began dating Harper.

Harper lives on a dairy farm with her father, her mother having died. Due to her mother's death Harper has a list of fears: things her mother did that scare her. Four wheeling, speaking in public, riding quads, driving on the freeway, etc. Now I haven't lost anybody close to me in a tragic accident, but I think this list is dumb. Driving on the freeway? Speaking in public? Probably not going to get far in life with those fears.

The biggest issue I had with this list is that Harper's friends have been attempting to get her to do things on this list for years. Logan has been around for a month, prods a little bit, and she's knocking things off her list left and right. Really? I can't blame her friends when they gave her grief for this. I would have, too.

Harper was pretty hard, internally, on Allie. She would comment that Allie wasn't around ever since she started dating Harper's cousin Adam. Allie was around a lot. She was there for Harper when things got weird and rough with Logan at every turn. And Harper never said anything to Allie about it, not a word.
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Borrowed this ebook from the library and glad I didn't invest in it as it wasn't really my type of book after all. Starts off okay, but by the middle, I was skipping pages because I didn't like the main character. She felt wishy-washy and couldn't follow through with anything. Also, the synopsis ruined the "big reveal" so it was just a matter of waiting for the character to realize what I as the reader already knew, which was frustrating. The ending was also fairly obvious by the mid-stage or so.

Overall, I won't be recommending it to anyone or really taking note of it again.
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Dangerous Boy is a creepy, mysterious, fast-paced story. I went into this one completely blind, having not read the synopsis (Thank goodness. Such a giveaway).There were several aspects of the story that kept me intrigued throughout and as a result, I ended up liking it. I was entrapped in the setting; the way it was elaborated in the pages really had me envisioning every single thing, from the dairy farm the character lived on down to the smell of the country air. It was nicely written and I'm glad I waited until after I finished the story to read the info on the author because I noticed she grew up on a dairy farm so, maybe she was describing a life she had known quite well. In any case, the world building was greatly portrayed. That part impressed me.

As for the characters, they were all likable. I would have liked to get more into Harper's father and get a stronger sense of how disconnected they were from each other but I guess the author did so by keeping his main focus on his farm instead of ever inquiring about his daughter's life. It really left me wondering though, that maybe she should try to get him to open up to her again. He did break a little during her accident but that was left untouched where it should've given them both an opportunity to talk again.

Where Harper is concerned, she was a good protagonist. She was just a regular teen who started dating a guy that seemed to have a lot to hide. Logan's entire aura was mysterious and he concealed so much of himself that it made even me, the reader, consumed with curiosity. I liked the fact that Harper had some good friends to help her out and provide the obvious answers when she was too silly or blinded by doubts to figure it out on her own.
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