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Emotionally close sisters with distinct and credible personalities find themselves whisked from their divorced mother’s apartment in a working-class neighborhood to the palatial home of her new husband at a Connecticut beach resort. Alice, 17, is quiet but not passive, and 16-year-old Charlie is rather a wild child, but with the ability to think reflectively between bouts of partying. The creepiness of their wealthy new community and their mother’s apparent personality change since her marriage are subtly and inexorably portrayed in a consuming, almost mesmerizing story. The town’s youth, whether rich or not, have secrets, and the adults are telling a variety of lies. The new stepfather’s own teenage daughter, Camilla, died in what he first says was an accident but that later he notes was suicide. When Alice finally finds pictures of Camilla, she and Charlie both see a stark resemblance between Alice and the dead girl. An excellent launch to a suspenseful series, with good enough writing to allow the reader to overlook what might have seemed psychologically didactic in a lesser concoction. Grades 8-10. --Francisca Goldsmith

About the Author

Lili Peloquin grew up in New England, where the beginning of summer still reminds her of that moment right before someone tells you a secret. The Innocents is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Innocents (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall an good YA novel with some nice twists and turns.
Rebecca
Alice seemed the more sweet and innocent (and, OK, sometimes she was a little too sweet and innocent), but I felt like her character had the most growth.
Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review
This book is a really good book for a long time or just a short read...Lili Peloquin continues to write great books!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Summary
Alice and Charlie's mom just married Richard Flood the Third, an insanely rich man who's wife died of cancer and who's daughter, Camilla, died merely months after. They almost immediately move to Serenity Point, a beach area filled with rich people, all with their own sinister secrets surrounding Camilla and her demise. But even more creepy, Alice happens to look exactly like Camilla and there's no way she can let those secrets stay hidden. Not when her sister is pulling away and these secrets seem to affect her family personally. But maybe the people at Serenity Point aren't the only ones with secrets.

Writing
The writing? There was just something I can't pinpoint that made me completely love the writing. It was just...gorgeous. I mean, I could read one word and be completely sucked in immediately. I could barely put it down!
And yes, The Innocents is written in the 3rd person POV, and maybe sometimes it seemed that it should be in the 1st, but this way The Innocents could switch between Alice and Charlie's POV without any confusion and much more ease. It may seem weird at times that in the beginning one chapter was all Alice, another all Charlie, and that after it would switch between one then the other in a paragraphs, but they switched at exactly the right time if that makes sense. But mainly, Alice was our narrator and I found it so much more enjoyable!

The Sisters
Which leads us to characters. Alice was definitely my favorite sister. She's a bookworm (Which basically everyone reading this can connect to), quiet, shy, but she watches. She's the one who notices the little things, the one who can usually catch on before anyone else, and it was just amazing that we went through 80% of the book from her perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you liked Gossip Girl, then odds are you will love The Innocents. In her debut novel, Lili Peloquin creates a lush, decadent, and utterly devious world where back-stabbing is as commonplace as coffee in the morning and secrets pop up faster than tulips in the spring.

Let me start by saying I enjoyed Alice more than Charlie. Charlie seemed bratty and pretty entitled for the bulk of the novel. I found myself multiple times wanting Alice to slap her. Alice seemed the more sweet and innocent (and, OK, sometimes she was a little too sweet and innocent), but I felt like her character had the most growth.

And the biggest secret. Whoa. While most of the book was fairly predictable, I just didn't see the one big secret coming.

The novel is this bewitching dichotomy of fluff and dark. In a lot of ways I breezed through it like a normal, light contemporary novel. But there are these shady twists and turns that made me take pause several times. I loved that I could read this easily in one sitting, but it wasn't the usual contemp where a couple rides off into the proverbial sunset on their mopeds. There's a delicious angst to this book that just drew me in, and I hope that continues in the next book.
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THE INNOCENTS may move at a languid pace, but it provides all of the tantalizing drama and mysteries it promises in the summary. And, with an alternating 3rd person POV, Peloquin gives readers the chance to get to know both leading ladies - Alice and Charlie. While Charlie easily adjusts to living in luxury and befriends some of the most influential teens in their new hometown, Alice can't help but to dig a little deeper into their stepfather's past, including the mysteries surrounding his recently deceased wife and daughter. But, in Serenity Point, almost everyone has a secret that they would rather keep buried.

I am a bit disappointed, because for all the intrigue THE INNOCENTS provides, it falls short in the character department and that hindered my experience with this story. While I wanted to love this story and the juicy drama, all of the characters were thoroughly difficult to enjoy and the protagonists were either utterly unlikable (Charlie) or boringly bland (Alice). However, the mysteries contained in the story itself are very tantalizing. With a better cast of characters and more character development, this could have been a gem. Yet, I'm sure many readers who are not as picky with their protagonists will happily devour and adore THE INNOCENTS - if it sounds like your kind of book, give it a shot!

HIGHLIGHTS: I may hate real-life drama, but I love fictional drama. The secrets! The twists! The surprises! Peloquin's debut delivers when it comes to the surprises at the conclusion, and I'm betting the sequel will have even more intriguing secrets to discover.

LOWLIGHTS: People who read actively will be able to interpret the clues early on and guess the ending twists. This story is very slowly paced. I couldn't connect with Alice and Charlie.
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By Lauren on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Innocents has been setting in my TBR pile for a couple of months now, gathering dust, and to tell the truth, I'm not really sure why. It sounded like just my kind of read, but I just wasn't getting around to it. However, one snowy day this January, I decided to give it a try, and boy, did I enjoy it! It was mysterious as well as suspenseful. Most importantly, it was a lot of fun!

The Innocents tells the story of Charlie and Alice, two ordinary sisters who are now living extraordinary lives. It all started a couple of months ago when their mother suddenly meet Richard Flood, a rich yet mysterious man, and soon enough, their mother and Richard not only marry but uproot the girls to Serenity Point, a luxurious and wealthy beach town, for the summer. Charlie and Alice don't know what to think. Raised in a middle class neighborhood in Boston, they never expected something like Richard Flood and Serenity Point to happen to them, but it has, and quite simply, it has rocked their world. Making new friends and falling for swoon worthy boys, both girls start to fall into their new lives quite well. However, after some surprising revelations come out, Alice realizes there's more to their new home and stepfather than they could have possibly ever imagined. But will she be able to save herself and her sister before they fall too far?

One of my favorite things about The Innocents was the plot. As a lover of the Pretty Little Liars series, I'm always on the look out for new ones just like it, and thankfully, this one fit the bill quite well. The premise was interesting and managed to keep me on my toes throughout. Better yet, I loved how Lili used alternating POVs with the girls.
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