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The Tension of Opposites by [McBride, Kristina]
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Gr 6-10–Aspiring photographer Tessa McMullen's world was turned upside down two years ago when her best friend was abducted. Noelle has now escaped and been reunited with her family, but is much changed. She insists on being called Elle and is sullen, uncommunicative, and not at all interested in reestablishing the friendship. Tessa, meanwhile, put her life on hold during Noelle's absence and feels guilty about her growing attraction to fellow photographer Max. Eventually Tessa breaks through her friend's reserve, but Noelle/Elle continues to act in self-destructive ways. The first half of this novel is emotionally compelling and psychologically insightful, as readers get glimpses of both the nature of the accommodations Elle has had to endure in order to survive, and of the way in which Tessa is beginning to forge a more realistic view of the friend she formerly idealized. Unfortunately, the second half shifts into a kind of "Mean Girls" mode, as Elle's play for the big man on campus and resulting confrontation with his queen-bee girlfriend take center stage, and the ending is confusing. Ultimately, readers gain no real understanding of the effect of Elle's ordeal on who she is or may become.Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
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“How do you talk to your best friend after she's spent two years with some greasy pedophile?” After Tessa's best friend, Elle, escapes her kidnapper and turns him in, Tessa feels overwhelmed as she tries to help Elle get back to high school and find her way in their small midwestern town. Elle's story is all over the news: can things ever return to normal? Why didn't Elle try to get away sooner? And how can Tessa spend time with her hot new boyfriend, Max, when she feels her duty is to protect Elle from her memories and from the cafeteria taunts (“you learned a lot about making a man happy”). Long and repetitive, this first novel is really the same situation over and over. But Tessa's first-person viewpoint and the rapid, immediate dialogue are right on, with Elle's family, in the schoolyard, and with Max. Told without explicit detail, the headline drama about sexual predators will pull teens, and so will Tessa's intense conflict between friend and boyfriend. Grades 9-12. --Hazel Rochman

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  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab TM; Reprint edition (August 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IPSGU4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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