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WTF by Peter Lerangis


by Peter Lerangis

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1360-3
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

Their party plans derailed after their car hits a deer, Jimmy and Byron leave their friend Cam for dead (he’s not, really) in the driver’s seat only to find themselves headed back into New York to hit up an exclusive nightclub with gatecrasher MC tagging along. Meanwhile Reina finds herself drawn to the same club in an effort to escape Waits, a prep-school burnout turned drug dealer. When the six acquaintances finally collide, the drama continues to unfold with rapid-fire chapter and perspective changes. Choppy editing and frantic pacing create the unwelcome sensation of reading at light speed. All the plot threads, from Cam’s assumed demise to Waits’s drug dealing to MC’s drive to party, tie up in a saccharine knot, leaving readers with a forced and simple resolution. Lerangis’s diction is adult, and those moments where he attempts teen speak are glaringly obvious. A miss. (Fiction. YA)