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Dangerous Boy Hardcover – August 30, 2012

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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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,291,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Booklist

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

More About the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and RIPPLE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). In 2012, her releases include IN TOO DEEP (February, written as Amanda Grace) and DANGEROUS BOY (August). She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and daughter.

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I kept guessing what would happen.
Kaitlyn (The Bookworm)
Doesn't mention anything to Logan, ignores Adam when he tries to get her to tell somebody, and pretty much acts like it's no big deal.
She felt wishy-washy and couldn't follow through with anything.
Sketchy Bibler

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on August 30, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sketchy Bibler on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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By Shane on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Harper is a very sweet character. She has a lot of fears, but she is trying to overcome some fears with her boyfriend Logan. He is a very sweet and protective guy, but the person that he wants to protect her the most from is his brother Caleb. Strange things happen to Harper and people that she cares about. Harper begins to suspect that it is Caleb as he approaches her. While the first half is spent with many exciting events, the second half slows down as she tries to figure out what is happening. Her stubborn nature towards the end annoyed me, because it went against her constant fear at the beginning. I mean she was constantly depending on other people and suddenly she is independent. It just didn't add up to me. The plot was really exciting and intense. Like the atmosphere from the book kept me reading, because it was so creepy and even scary at times. Hubbard's writing was not as strong as the previous books, but it was still good. Overall I enjoyed this book, but it could have been better. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an intense read with great atmosphere.
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