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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape; Reprint edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611090482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611090482
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,776,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristina Dunker was born in Dortmund, Germany, and at the age of seventeen she published her first book. Since then, Dunker has written several novels for children and young adults. She received multiple awards and scholarships, including the prize for young artists from North-Rhine–Westfalia in 2005. She is currently a freelance writer based in Castrop-Rauxel and holds regular lectures, discussions, and writing workshops for young people.

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Kristina Dunker was born 1973 in Dortmund, Germany. At the age of 17 she published her first book. Since then, Kristina Dunker has written several novels for children and young adults and received several awards and scholarships, including the young literary prize in the city of Voerde. She is a freelance writer based in Castrop-Rauxel and holds regular lectures, discussions, and writing workshops for young people.

Customer Reviews

This one will really keep you riveted.
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I loved it and highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read an edgy, psychological thriller and astute coming-of-age story.
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It's difficult to empathize with any of these characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pink Amy on November 10, 2012
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I wanted to love this book. The description sounded engaging and exciting. I'm not sure whether the original writer or the translator was responsible for the lackluster writing, but I found the wording to be clumsy and wordy. The manuscript could have used a few critical beta readers to tighten up the verbiage.
I don't know how parents are in Germany, but I had difficulty believing parents would allow their 16 year old daughter with psychiatric problems to go across country to spend 4 days with an older boyfriend.
I wish I had something positive to offer, except that the plod had potential.
Skip this, even though it's a cheap read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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Eva, the main character of Kristina Dunker's "Vertigo," feels life is out of her control. Past experiences with peers and moving to a new school have left their mark on her psyche. Translated from German by Katja Bell, "Vertigo" tells Eva's story during a four-day holiday tryst with her new boyfriend Julian and of the events which occur during that period. In the end, Eva takes control of her circumstances and triumphs over her fears.

Eva is a psychologically fragile individual. "The fox," her name for her psychotherapist, provides advice, both actual and as Eva imagines he would, with respect to situations in which Eva finds herself. Relying on what she thinks "the fox" would have encouraged her to do, problems created by Eva's delayed arrival in Munkelbach are compounded when she sets out alone, at night, hiking through the forest to Julian's home. She takes this risk even though she has heard fellow travelers talking about the disappearance of a girl who is about Eva's age. During her trek and while hiding, Eva witnesses one youth being beaten by a group of four others; the remainder of "Vertigo" deals with the events which lead up to and followed this beating.

Kristina Dunker's portrait of Eva captures her psychologically fragile nature. Eva's growing self-confidence and her awareness of her surroundings are developed well. Julian, Eva's boyfriend, is a shallow individual; he and his group of friends are superficial and self-indulgent. Mirka, Julian's landlord's son, is critical to the story; his unsettling personality is deftly handled. The reader remains unsure as to the direction Mirka's role in the overall storyline of "Vertigo" will take.

European culture and influences are evident throughout "Vertigo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doc Occula VINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
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Nothing wrong with this translation - the fault of this work lies entirely with the writing. Not only did this author never meet an exclamation point she didn't love, but she has created a protagonist we should care deeply for and instead find irritating in her over-written introspection and perpetual self-esteem issues. Weirdly histrionic prose, dialogue which makes a lot of noise but goes nowhere and a cast of generic teen players make this a miss rather than a hit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irishman65 on May 31, 2012
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Kristina Dunker has created a layered character in Eva, a 16 year old who visits a psycho-analyst for depression and vertigo. Just when life seems to be improving for Eva at a new school, with a new boyfriend a series of events occur which challenge her coping mechanisms.

Pros:
Eva is a shaded character and an unexpected protagonist. At many times in the book you root for her and how she stands up for what she believes in even in the face of peer pressure. Her relationship with her boyfriend Julian is complex and doesn't always have easy answers.
The book is a very quick read, holding your interest enough to keep you turning the pages though the blurb reads as though it might have fantasy elements when in fact, it is really a mystery. The setting in Germany feels authentic, though I found myself yearning for a bit more about the setting.

Cons:
Eva's boyfriend Julian is so flawed that you often find yourself wishing she'd extract herself from the relationship at literally that moment in the book.
Eva's behavior and motivations aren't always consistent and while some of that can be explained away by her age, it does get distracting after a while.
The biggest problem is the plot. First, you have to accept that Eva's parents allow her to go off at 16 to another part of Germany to spend a four day weekend with her very new boyfriend without checking in to see if she is okay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Richey VINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
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The problems that kids must endure when they are struck with puberty can be terrifying. In addition to changes in their bodies that they must somehow come to grips with, there is the confusion of their social life. When old friends appear to become competitors and seemingly friendly acquaintances become "back-stabbers", the teen years can become a terrifying experience.

In this book, all of these problems of growing up are amplified amongst the high school crowd when violence, blackmail and possibly even murder is added to the mix.

This book is somewhat of a slow starter, but it does not disappoint by the time that the action picks up in the end.
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