Search Results: "Laurie Boyle Crompton"


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ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Sometimes inspiring, sometimes overdone. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Raised by her tattoo- and motorcycle-loving parents to take risks, Dyna injures herself in an accident and finds herself emotionally changed. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the end, it's like most reality TV: not high art and not all that memorable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even the twists are standard in this outsider-gets-revenge tale. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Timely subject matter and an adequate romance, but nothing super. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Geeky girl with absent father and quirky hobby meets unsuitable boy, then realizes Mr. Right has been under her nose all along. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Introduces, but doesn't always deeply examine, many serious topics. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Rory's refusal to process her mother's suicide is challenged by Hayes, who is facing his own demons through Alcoholics Anonymous. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN FLY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Acclaimed writer Boyle presents 12 of his previously published short stories, plus one new story, in this collection intended for teens. Read full book review >

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DROP CITY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Probably the fullest picture of the hippie culture of the late '60s since Marge Piercy's early fiction, and one of Boyle's best."
Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Jack's fourth (Potshot, 1997, etc.) features as much sound and fury as a summer movie blockbuster, though it's just as likely to leave you scratching your head at the fadeout."
Freelance journalist Jack McMorrow thinks he's come to little Scanesett, Maine, to research Benedict Arnold's 1775 trek to attack the fortifications of QuÇbec. Read full book review >

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DEAD BALLAST by LC Boyle
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"While the bare bones of the plot and the characters are inherently interesting, much retooling and polishing of the basic elements would be needed to make the story function as a workable thriller."
Even hard-bitten security consultants can get in over their heads, as is made clear in Boyle's novel introducing the team of Miles Warwick and Lucy Clewes. Read full book review >

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THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2015

"Boyle's vision and ambition remain compelling, though his characters here seem like plot devices."
Violence corrodes the ideal of freedom in an ambitious novel that aims to illuminate the dark underbelly of the American dream. Read full book review >

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RIVEN ROCK by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Vintage Boyle: a freakishly inventive black comedy, populated with irresistible eccentrics, that leaves a bracing and bitter aftertaste."
Division and separation are the dominant themes of Boyle's dark-hued and deftly plotted seventh novel, which bears strong incidental resemblances to his earlier World's End (1987) and The Road to Wellville (1993), though it displays a richer Dickensian brio throughout. Read full book review >

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THE TERRANAUTS by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Amid the changing allegiances and alliances, sex eventually has consequences, though the reader wearied by two years of this might not much care."
Soap opera, satire, and religious allegory find an uneasy balance within this earthbound version of a space colony. Read full book review >