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London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Lurlene McDaniel is the #1 author of inspirational fiction for young adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Day one. New school year. New school. Freshman status. Same old Ryan Piccoli. Me, myself and I, lost in the masses--heading to new classes, new teachers, new everything. This is the thing about big high schools like McAllister. People can look right at you, right through you, as if you're Casper the Friendly Ghost.
"Hey, watch where you're going, turd."
I've bumped into a senior, a jock, and he's snarling at me. I bow slightly and get out of his way. He'd stopped without warning in the middle of the hall. I say, "Sorry, my bad. I didn't see the traffic light over your head giving you the right of way." His pretty girlfriend looks me over, giggles.
The guy puffs up. "Take off, creep."
He turns and I take a chance and wink at his girlfriend. She's pretty, but off-limits.
She blows me a kiss when her boyfriend isn't looking and I watch them take off down the crowded hallway. Wait for it, I think, and am rewarded when she glances over her shoulder to make sure I'm still watching. Gotcha!
I can make people like me, even when they don't want to. A talent that got me through middle school--just ask my teachers. If you can't make them love you, make them like you. How, you ask? Make 'em laugh. A survival skill I learned early in life.
I'm wishing the day was ending instead of just starting. My summer was pretty laid-back, sleeping in and staying up until three in the morning on my computer. I hung at the pool at the country club, worked on my tan, lifted weights in my garage every afternoon. For a freshman nobody, I look pretty good. At least that's what some girls hanging at the pool said. Sure, they were only eleven and twelve, but girls' opinions are always worth something to me. With school starting up, though, talking to the global universe and gaming are over.
"Ry! Wait up."
I turn and see Joel weaving through the hall traffic. When he reaches me, he asks, "You home this afternoon?" He'd been a regular drop-by at my place through middle school. My dad's in sales and he travels a lot, so except for a housekeeper now and then, I'm pretty much on my own most days of the week.
"As soon as the bus drops me," I say.
"Forget the bus. I'll give you a lift."
Joel's had a car since July. I won't turn sixteen until December and that's when I hope Dad will get me a car. Until then, I'm at the mercy of the school bus and a few friends who have their own wheels. "All right," I tell him. "I got the new Grand Slam Poker game on Saturday."
Joel's eyes light up. "I'm in."
"It's tricky."
"Bring it on. You're lucky your dad gets you stuff like that. I have to save every cent and buy stuff I want myself."
Lucky? I think. It's a bribe, Joel, my man. Dad buys me stuff because he sheds guilt over leaving me alone so much like a shaggy dog sheds hair. His guilt is my ticket to the latest and greatest. A guy adapts.
The foot traffic in the hall has thinned and the first bell buzzes. "I'm gone," I say, waving my schedule.
"Wait by the gym," Joel calls, and takes off in the other direction.
My first class is World History from Ancient to Modern Times, and by the time I get there, all the seats in the back of the room are taken. I find an empty one in the middle of the third row and slide into it, curling my legs. Man, these things must be left over from some elementary school. The room smells of chalk dust and stale air. All schools smell the same. If someone blindfolded you and led you through a maze ending in a classroom, you'd know in an instant where you were by the smells.
The door shuts and a woman's voice says, "Welcome to WHAM--your free pass to Tomorrow Land. I'm Ms. Settles."
I look up because I can feel an undercurrent flowing through the room. I hear the guy next to me exhale a soft "wow."
Ms. Settles is gorgeous. Straight jet-black hair to her shoulders, skin the color of cream and big blue eyes so clear you could swim in them. Her body is as sexy as any movie star's, with curves and boobs and a sweaterdress that shows off her assets.
"H-e-l-l-o, Ms. Settles," a guy on the other side of me whispers.
The girls in the class are speechless. Probably because none of them look like that, poor slobs.
Ms. Settles is all business, walking down each aisle, her heels clicking, talking about history--who cares? When she passes me, I catch a whiff of vanilla and see that she has nails painted pale icy pink, perfectly rounded and shiny.
In front of her desk again, she leans backward, resting her palms on the desktop and crossing her ankles. She isn't wearing athletic shoes, or old lady loafers either. Her shoes are black and high, with ankle straps that show off her smooth, tanned and perfect calves. She never stops talking about world history, her voice professional-sounding, but who can listen? I just keep seeing how pretty she is.
She asks two guys to go to the back cabinet and pass out the textbooks. They about fall over themselves to get it done. The thick blue book lands with a thud on my desk and I thumb through it. All the while Ms. Settles is outlining her program, test schedule and essay work for the school year. I hardly hear her words, just her voice. Pretty voice, too.
Then she starts asking questions. "Who in here thinks history is a waste of time?" Silence. "Who thinks the past is dead, so why bother studying it? Who thinks hard work equals good grades?" More silence. "Who thinks he or she can slide by because they're only doing time at McAllister, waiting for better things to come along?" Feet shuffle. She's speaking in teacher code, letting us know that her class isn't going to be a walk in the park. "This is my first year here, but I've taught middle and high school for over seven years."
I do rapid math and calculate her age to be thirtyish if she graduated college at twenty-two. She's old. So what? She's still jaw-dropping delectable.

Product Details

  • Series: Lurlene McDaniel
  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734530
  • ASIN: B002N2XEFQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel has taken a turn from her normally heartbreaking inspirational novels to write something completely different with PREY. This time around, she tackles a once taboo subject head-on -- that of the skewed relationship between a female teacher and her young male student.

Ryan Piccoli is a typical teen. He's fifteen, a freshman in high school, has a close knit group of friends that include Joel and Honey, and a fairly average student. Although his mother died when he was still a toddler, he has a father that, although gone most of the time as part of his job, still tries to connect with him as much as he can. Things are going pretty well; he's hoping for a car for Christmas for his sixteenth birthday, he's both excited and anxious to be starting high school, he's wondering if he'll get a girlfriend. And then the unthinkable happens: he meets Miss Lori Settles, the knew World History teacher.

Miss Settles is an immediate hit at McAllister High School, at least with the male population (you'd probably get a different response from the females). She's young, she's gorgeous, she seems to understand teenagers, and she has the most important attribute that any normal male can ask for -- she's got a body to die for, and she dresses for school each day in a way that will show it to its best advantage. Suddenly, every guy in the building, from students to faculty, wants to find a way to spend time with Miss Settles.

Only Ryan gets to spend time with her in a way that no one else would ever expect. What starts off innocently enough as a request to help his teacher move furniture soon evolves into trips to a coffee shop late at night.
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I was interested in this book because as a child I was a big Lurlene McDaniel fan and this was something outside of her usual stories, so I decided to give it a go. As much as I hate to sound rude, I have to admit, I wish I didn't.

The teacher-student issue is something that isn't often mentioned and not something that people particularly like hearing about. I do admire that Lurlene went out of what she usually writes to talk about something more serious and something not commonly talked about.

But the characters! Oh my, the characters. They all bothered me. The book switches between three points of views, Ryan (the main character), Lori (the teacher) and Honey (Ryan's best friend who is hopelessly in love with him). Man, where do I start! Lori hates that men her age look at her like she's a piece of meat to pounce on which was her reason for liking Ryan, because he was innocent but isn't the way she's looking at Ryan the same way men are looking at her? I didn't like her because most of the things she said didn't make sense, because she was possessive over Ryan and she would act like a child to get her way. I mean, seriously? Ryan was one of those characters I wanted to smack every three pages. The way his attitude changed and how he thought he was so much better than everyone else for keeping this secret was just ridiculous. And Honey, she was just obsessed with Ryan. Completely utterly stalkerly obsessed with him.

The plot consisted of Lori's sick thoughts, Ryan's attitude and Honey's next big stalker plan. We never find out really why Lori is the way she is, or why Ryan's really attracted to her besides her body... but at least at some point Honey stops stalking him.

While I do admire that Lurlene did talk about this subject and it was apparent that she researched this subject closely, I still ended up hating the characters. I wish there had been more there between all the characters.
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Lurlene McDaniel does a decent job dealing with the seduction that occurs between a student and a teacher. The emotions were appropriate, the plot moved along just fine...and the end left you with a cliffhanger.
But Barry Lyga's Boy Toy puts this book to shame. If you want to read a gritty story about emotional turmoil associated with student-teacher sexual relationships, this would be my pick - definitely for older teens, whereas McDaniel's book would serve a younger population.
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This was a great story. Lori was a nasty teacher & she groomed Ryan the way she wanted him. I mostly blame Lori because she was the adult but Ryan knew it was wrong too that's why he kept it a secret. I believe Ryan also kept it a secret because he liked it. I only felt sorry for Honey in this story. Its sad how many stories you hear on the news about teachers sleeping with students. Its sad how you can't even trust teachers anymore. Teachers that have sex with students makes it bad for the good teachers. This is a good story for teenage guys & parents to read.
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Summary/First Reactions: The second I told my mother about this book, she instantly wanted to know how a 16yr old could ever please a 33yr old. I almost died.

For those of you who have not read this book before, Prey is about how a student/teacher relationship effects all those involved. The main character, Ryan, becomes "more than friends" with his teacher Mrs. Lori. Honey, the last main character, is in love with Ryan. Which allows her to notice the weird relationship going on.
The book is told through the perspective of the three main characters and alternates perspective when it sees fit. And by the end of it you basically get a lustful Ryan, a extremely jealous Honey, and a controlling Lori. However, the book doesn't end where you think it should. And the last couple of pages had me screaming at everyone involved. But in a good way.

The characters in this book are well written and I could actually relate to Ryan on some of his issues (obvious not the who teacher thing). So much so to the point where my best friend is just like Honey. This book will take you on a ride that you probably weren't even ready for and holds you tight till the last page.

My only gripe with this book is that some of the scenes that I would have liked to be explored are rushed, and time skips rapidly. That being said it is still a excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone.

The Good: Great writing and a engaging story. Not really a topic I thought I was going to be into so it get extra points for hooking me. Character development is top notch for the most part and I loved how everything unfolded.

The Bad: Honey's parts bored me. To death. Then back to life. I really wish her character would have been fleshed out a little more. There is more to her than meets the eye, we just never got a chance to see it.

Overall: A great read on a very touchy subject.

Rating: 4/5
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