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Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
While I enjoyed most of the story, I was pretty disappointed with the abrupt and loose ending.
It was almost as though the author forgot she was writing in letters... then switched back, trying to make the letters more natural.
The good: I've never read The Turn of the Screw (tried several times but couldn't get into it), but this novel made me want to.
Despite the low ratings, I still wanted to give this book a try because Turn of the Screw by Henry James is one of my favorite stories that I have read thus far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sarah_says
I don't normally review books for Amazon, but in this case I'm making an exception. I don't think I've ever read a book by a respected author that was so poorly written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have you ever read a book, not quite sure if the main character was crazy or not? I felt like this throughout the entirety of The Turning, a psychological thriller type young adult... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Reading Beneath the Moon
I won a copy of The Turning from a contest I entered. When I first saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it just from the cover! Isn't it creepy? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christy
I was very excited to read this book and it ended up being a huge disappointment. It's a complete rip off of the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S.L. Sorensen
When I was in High School we had to read Turn of the Screw for my Gothic Literature class. I loved the novel because we had to figure out if the main character was crazy or if... Read morePublished 22 months ago by AboutToRead
What I Liked: 1) I was surprised to find that I loved the fact that it was written in letter form. A majority of the story is Jack writing letters to his girlfriend and his father,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books
Given the opportunity to spend the summer away from home and make money at the same time, Jack was all for it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yara Santos
While spending the summer on a remote island with no internet and no tv would be as unappealing as you can get for most teens, Jack is more than willing to give it a try. Read morePublished 23 months ago by misplaced cajun