THE FREAK OBSERVER by Blythe Woolston

THE FREAK OBSERVER

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Readers meet 16-year-old Loa in her guidance counselor’s office as she is being encouraged to return to her schoolwork after witnessing her friend's death in a road accident. Although physically battered and bruised, Loa seems disengaged, which is surprising until it quickly becomes clear that this horrific event is one in a series, including the death of her baby sister, that has torn her family to shreds. This text provides a sharp snapshot of Loa’s life as she battles PTSD from these events and attempts to conquer related vivid death-related dreams and hallucinations. Anchoring each chapter is a short question or statement, generally related to science, that ties to the forthcoming chapter—although Woolston makes readers work to see the connection, enabling them to understand Loa on another deeper level. A keenly observant narrator noticing life’s small details, Loa holds nothing back, which is both riveting and heartbreaking. An auspicious debut for both the author and Carolrhoda's new Lab imprint. (Fiction. YA)
Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7613-6212-8
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010




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