WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? by Gail Giles

WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE?

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this harrowing, brutal mystery, college student Kyle Kirby believes a snarky rejection letter written by popular Cass McBride may have driven his younger, love-thirsty nerd of a brother to hang himself. To avenge his death, Kyle drugs Cass, kidnaps her and buries her in a wooden box underneath the ground. He inserts a plastic tube from the surface into the box for oxygen, and maniacally waits for her to talk. All of this happens within the first 20 pages and what unfolds next are the thoughts, fears and memories running through the minds of Kyle and Cass as the terrible evening unfolds. If the plot alone isn’t disturbing enough to yank readers up by their bootstraps and catapult them headfirst into the horrors that are about to befall the two, Giles’s jagged, terse, just-the-facts narrative only amplifies their claustrophobically dire situation. There is no light shed on the human condition, no touching moments of patient understanding. There are hardly any characters for teens to look up to, and, in true Giles form, nothing ties up neatly. It’s just plain chilling, and that’s what makes it brilliant. A damn scary read. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-16638-3
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006




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