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Projection Hardcover – September 3, 2013

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In this uneven but suspenseful mystery, three frenemies investigate a murder by swapping bodies using a ritual developed by ancient philosopher Plotinus. Gretchen and Jessica are the daughters of prominent members of Delphi, California’s influential Oculus Society, whose mission to improve public education masks its true purpose: to preserve the Plotinus Ability. When Gretchen’s mother, the society president, is murdered, Gretchen and Jessica swap bodies to grill each other’s suspects, but the ritual—involving a kiss—is filmed by school rival Ariel. The fallout causes the two friends to leave town. When they return, two years later, they have a plan to unmask the killer, but they need Ariel to succeed. The premise, illuminated by flashbacks to Plotinus’ life, is compelling, and the shallow characters gain depth through their interactions. However, aside from an important concluding scene, their body swapping is mostly superfluous to solving the mystery. This debatable plot element aside, the mix of friendship drama and paranormal mystery should win over readers. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley

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Praise for Projection

The Da Vinci Code meets Freaky Friday.... Flashbacks to [ancient Rome] provide an engaging back story and helpful clues to solving the murder mystery. The focus on friendship will appeal to chick-lit fans, while those tired of vampires, fallen angels and the like will appreciate the fresh take on the paranormal.”
—Kirkus Reviews

"An intriguing blend of mystery and mythology, Projection kept us guessing until we devoured the final pages."
—Lisa and Laura RoeckerThis Is W.A.R. and The Liar Society

"Thought-provoking... An enjoyable read."
—FreshFiction

“[A] suspenseful mystery.... [with a] mix of friendship drama and paranormal mystery [that] should win over readers.” 
—Booklist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Teen; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616952008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616952006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gretchen’s life changes forever when her mother is killed at her 8th grade graduation party. There are no suspects but Gretchen suspects Ariel, her loser arch enemy. In an effort to find out information, she and her best friend Jessica engage in the ancient Plotinus ritual which involves breathing into each other’s mouths to exchange souls. Her mother had been involved in a Secret Society charged with protecting this secret, and they are sure she was murdered because of it. The ritual worked, but their happiness is short lived when they find out Ariel had videotaped them “kissing” for revenge and posted it on YouTube. With their social life in shambles, the girls leave town for two years.

When they return they are more determined than ever to find out who killed Gretchen’s mother and stole the anklet which is supposed to trigger the Plotinus ability. Hiding the secret that they can project without it, they invite Ariel into their inner circle (since Gretchen secretly still suspects her) and begin projecting into each other’s lives. What they find out will leave the town, and their lives, upside down forever.

Green’s premise of being able to project into someone else’s life will be readily accepted by her readers who, I’m sure, have entertained the thought of wishing they could be someone else. Recommended for ages 12-16.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Projection was one of those book that I read the blurb before I started reading, which is something I tend not to do, so I wasn't sure whether after reading it if it was going to be something that I would enjoy or not. It ended up being pretty good, so I am glad that I gave it a try. Gretchen is 13 years old when her mother is murdered, and after she learns some secrets that her mother was hiding. She sets out to find out her is behind her mothers murder and learns a lot more.

There were two main characters, Gretchen and Jessica as well as two from the past that we get to know also. I will start with Gretchen, She loses her mother the night of her 8th grade Graduation, and she wants to know who could have done this horrible thing to her mother. I found it hard to agree with some of the things she did in the name of finding the murder, and how she treated people, and for that I didn't have much of a connection with her and I had the same issues with Jessica, but they did grow on me some during the progression of the book. Ariel was one characters that I seemed to enjoy, I kinda felt for her, being accused of such a terrible things and all. But I think the two that I found the most interesting were Gemina and Amphiclea, there were the women from the past and their stories were just fantastic.

The concept of the story was a great one, it kinda reminded me of the movie Freaky Friday, switching bodies and all, but this was a little different. They swapped souls, they had the appearance of the person they swapped with. This was all part of the secret society, that Gretchen's mother was a part of.
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Format: Hardcover
The book begins with the back story of two characters- Plotinus and Gemina. The story is first set in Rome 249 A.D. Gemina is married to Castricius who is the Senator of the city or town. She is trying to find out if her husband is cheating on her and stealing her money (which her father gave her) to this other woman. The other character, Plotinus is an older man who is a philosopher and very smart. He has heard about this ability to project each others souls into the other person's body.

"Twice now, he has done it. He has projected his soul through the Oculus. He has passed through the highest part of the Pantheon, leaving his body behind while his soul floated among the stars!" (p. 2)

Gemina's best friend, Amphiclea is to be the witness of this projection. In order for this to work, she has to wear a gold bracelet which she chooses to wear on her ankle. Gemina wants to switch bodies with Plotinus to figure out what her husband is up to.

We then switch back to two years ago in Delphi, California. We met two best friends- Gretchen and Jessica who are at their 8th grade graduation. They are the "popular" kids in school and Gretchen's mom is a member in the Oculus Society. It is a secret society that hides the secret of Plotinus and Gemina's ability to project. None of these group of women know that the ability still exists, but still protect the secret of it because it has been done for centuries.

Gretchen's mom throws her a graduation party that night at their house and invites all the kids from school, excluding a girl named Ariel Miller. Ariel moved to Delphi not too long ago and Gretchen and Jessica thought it would be a nice thing to do to try and befriend Ariel. Little did they know that Ariel would turn out to be "weird" and "annoying".
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This book is a great new addition to the YA genre. Like many other YA books its appeal expands to older readers as well (I definitely qualify as an older adult). I started reading the book on red-eye airplane trip from the west coast to the east coast. Although my plan was to sleep most of the way, I had a hard time putting the book down. It is a combination of murder mystery, contemporary sci-fi, and teen chick lit.

Gretchen's mother is murdered the night of her eighth grade graduation. Her mother had been a leading member of the Oculus Society, an exclusive social group that turns out to be much more that it appears on the surface. Gretchen is determined to find her mother's killer and accuses Ariel, an unpopular schoolmate. Gretchen's best friend, Jessica, is invited to join the Oculus Society and as a result she learns their secret, they are heirs to the Plotinus Ability. Plotinus was an ancient Greek Philosopher who discovered a ritual, involving a kiss, for projecting his soul into another human. Jessica shares the secret with Gretchen and the two decide to see if it works. They hope that by exchanging bodies they will discover information about who killed Gretchen's mother. The girls are caught "kissing" each other by Ariel who posts it on YouTube where is goes viral. Eventually the three girls realize that they are going to have to work together to discover who killed Gretchen's mother.

I highly recommend this book. I know my two young adult daughters will enjoy reading it when they get a chance. The only parts on the book I had issues with were the scenes of underage drinking. The teens are afraid of getting caught but the drinking is accepted as a norm at their parties.

Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.
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