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Before My Eyes by [Bock, Caroline]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—The summer before his senior year, Max, 17, is disillusioned with his New York state senator father and ambitious mother. He has grown tired of and dissatisfied with his planned-out life and doesn't quite know what his next step should be. He works at the Snack Shack at a Long Island beach, where he is surrounded by a motley crew, including his strange coworker Barkley. Max just wants the summer to be over. Seventeen-year-old Claire has her own set of problems and has had to grow up quickly. Her mother had a stroke, leaving Claire to keep the house, cook, watch over her younger sister, and share money woes with her father. All she wants is to be understood. This summer, Barkley, 21, has reached his limit and gives in to his darker nature and the voices he hears in his head. Over a Labor Day weekend, Claire's, Max's, and Barkley's lives come together. The three are forever changed when Barkley brings a gun to a political event. The first-person narrators speak with unique voices, and their tales entwine to create a compelling story. Bock has crafted a suspenseful and intense novel that is sure to keep readers turning the pages.—Elizabeth Jakubowski, formerly at Watervliet Public Library, NY

From Booklist

Bock (Lie, 2011) returns to Long Island for this moody, dread-filled microdrama that resists easy classification. In a way, it’s an almost–love triangle: Claire, 16, is processing guilt connected to her mother’s recent stroke; she meets Max, a state senator’s shiftless son with a burgeoning addiction to pain pills. Max buys these pills from 21-year-old coworker Barkley, who is losing touch with reality in his secret obsession with Claire. This tale is told from the three points of view, each one suitably different but sharing Bock’s polished second-by-second prose—thick paragraphs filled with short sentences that possess the quality of flash photography or stage directions: “The winds pick up. The trees rustle. I didn’t expect to find myself here. I really didn’t.” We know from the prologue that the story concludes with a shooting at a political event; the book, then, concerns itself less with plot—little about the story will surprise—and instead impresses with a series of elegantly conceived scenes of character building. The right readers will find themselves lost in the strange spell. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGJ32QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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