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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel | Lindsey Lee Johnson
A captivating debut novel for readers of Celeste Ngs Everything I Never Told You and Curtis Sittenfelds PrepThe Most Dangerous Place on Earth unleashes an unforgettable cast of characters into a realm known for its cruelty and peril: the American high school. In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become publicpostable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age. Advance praise for The Most Dangerous Place on Earth The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is a deftly composed mosaic of adolescence in the modern age, frightening and compelling in its honesty. . . . A terrific debut, and one that I didnt want to put down.Julia Pierpont, New York Times bestselling author of Among the Ten Thousand Things In her superb first novel, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Lindsey Lee Johnson deftly illuminates a certain strain of privileged American adolescence and the existential minefield these kids are forced to navigate. Elegantly constructed and beautifully written, it reads like Jane Austen for this anxious era.Seth Greenland, author of I Regret Everything and The Angry Buddhist
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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There are a 1000 reasons why I‘m glad not to be in high school right now. And this book just gave me at least 500 of them. Johnson gives most characters just one chapter of focus, but intertwines the story so we get to know them all. Their young-ish teacher, Molly Nicholl, tries to help them be better people but it‘s beyond her. A quick read.

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Cinfhen Pretty picture 😍 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I read the ARC a few years ago, it was definitely an interesting read. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. Sometimes I‘m on top of the photo game! 😘 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Exactly. I‘m not much for high school characters, but this was pretty complex and intriguing. 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘ve been reading this one lately. I‘m hoping it‘ll work for #socialmediafocus from #booked2019 prompts. But I‘m still not convinced it‘s enough of a focus to count. Either way, it‘s way more captivating than I expected. High schoolers in an expensive community ... go figure.

BarbaraTheBibliophage The verdict? Yes, enough action hinges on #socialmedia to count. Phew. 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Planning for the Spring #Booked2019 season? I found a great list of thrillers with a #socialmediafocus! I‘m debating between the tagged book and You. Many of these get mixed reviews, but You is more positive. But I‘ve seen a few Littens say it was just TOO much.

What are you thinking about for this prompt?

BarbaraBB The first book that came to mind is 11mo
AmyG Ooooo i have YOU. Thanks for posting this. 11mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @jenniferw88 That‘s a great idea. I‘m going to pull some nonfiction choices together for this prompt, but happened on this group. I wanted to share before I lost it ... 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmyG You‘re welcome. I have it also. I always plan with the books I have and then get sidetracked with new options. 🤪 11mo
mom2bugnbee I loved The Circle! 11mo
saresmoore I think Sympathy would be excellent for this prompt. It‘s a bit of a dark read, but I loved it. 11mo
KarenUK I‘m going to try this I think... 11mo
AmyG I actually think I am going to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing...as I have that, too. Fun topics to pick from! 11mo
Laughterhp Ooo I actually think I have the tagged book from BOTM, maybe I‘ll pick that one for this prompt! 11mo
Bookzombie I was considering 11mo
Cinfhen Soooo many excellent ideas but I‘m not ready to think about my Spring reads 😜I‘ll have to bookmark this page for future reference xx 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I hear you. I like to comprehensively plan so I can ignore more of my choices later in the year. 🤪 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mom2bugnbee Awesome, although it definitely gets mixed reviews. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @bookcollecter This would be a good nonfiction book for this prompt, although it‘s already five years old and I wonder how current it would feel. Everything changes so fast in the digital world! 11mo
bookcollecter @BarbaraTheBibliophage you may be right...I'll keep my options open...any suggestions? 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

Every summer I find myself thinking “I should have been a teacher” solely because I am jealous of summer vacation. And then I encounter teenagers either in life or literature who very quickly snap me out of my fantasy. These are those teenagers. Rotten, spoiled, cruel, rude, self-absorbed a-holes. It‘s not badly written by any means and I don‘t need to like or relate to characters but their drama was tiresome. 3⭐️.

Guildedearlobe Sometimes when I read a YA book or book with teenagers as central characters I get that “omg, I‘m a grumpy old man” feeling (edited) 14mo
MicheleinPhilly @Guildedearlobe Me too. I‘m always conscious of trying to think back to that age but it‘s getting harder especially as pretty much everything features technology and social media and I‘m over here reminiscing about passing notes. 👵🏼 14mo
CouronneDhiver Yes! So true 😂 @Guildedearlobe 14mo
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essayareayaitch
Most Dangerous Place on Earth | Lindsey Lee Johnson
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Panpan

High school. The most dangerous place. I couldn't related to this book. Maybe because I didn't grow up in a small town? Or because my high school was so large? Or because cyber bullying wasn't a thing when I grew up (which wasn't that long ago, but I did go to school pre-Facebook)

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pinkpygmypuffs
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Well.... Spring Break is officially over and it‘s back to work tomorrow. 😭 I know. I know. #teacherproblems Trying to squeeze in some last minute reading before all the hullabaloo starts back up again.

LiteraryinLititz You can do it! Hope tomorrow isn‘t too rough. 2y
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BookaholicNatty
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Happy Friday!!! This was my Friday treat to myself! 😊Is it any good???

ErinC I liked it! Though as a teacher myself, I was VERY uncomfortable with it at times! 2y
Kappadeemom I liked it too 2y
GloVerdino I thought it was ok, not anything amazing but worth a read 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Looks interesting.
Someone stop me. Damn #kindledailydeal

Cathythoughts You‘d be asking the wrong person here. I‘d be saying : go for it ! 2y
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caitlintx
Bailedbailed

Picked this up after seeing it in someone‘s top six picks of 2017. Maybe I misread and it was their top six worst picks of 2017. This is the most obnoxious teenage whine-first-world-problems kind of book I‘ve ever attempted to read. Open at your own peril.

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huntersmom1977
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Bailedbailed

Believe me I tried! 😞 The whole YA genre won‘t allow my brain to grasp it. I guess it‘s because I already know what will happen.

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Clwojick
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Tonight's audiobook 👌

Reviewsbylola I loved this one! 2y
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HardcoverHarlot
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It feels so real. Heartbreaking and beautiful.

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HardcoverHarlot
Most Dangerous Place on Earth | Lindsey Lee Johnson
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I am devouring this. So good.

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

This is a reread (or re-listen), but I'm counting it because I hope I listen to the books I own more than once! This book has ups and downs plot-wise, but you can't choose anything but a pick when Cassandra Campbell is narrating. Audio is the only way to go!! #botm #botmchallenge probably 1/45

There are two books I'm dying to get so I've got to get a Bingo!

CouronneDhiver Wow! You're kicking my butt at bingo. 😂 Great job 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved this one, which was a surprise! 2y
Reviewsbylola Also, you're killing it! 2y
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I'm surprised you loved it as well. 😉😂 It's not one I picture you liking. And thanks! 2y
Reviewsbylola Trust me, I was surprised to. 😂 2y
Leelee.reads Totally off topic, but didn't you post a bit ago that you changed your hair? Do you like it? I can't be the only one dying to see the new do! 😀💁🏻 2y
Megabooks @Leelee.reads I re-permed it, but the big change is Saturday! I'll be a redhead for the first time. 👩🏻‍🎤💃🏻💃🏻 Woo hoo! I'll post pics Saturday. Thanks for keeping up. 😀😀😀😀 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Bailedbailed

I got almost to the halfway point but just couldn't do it. Unfortunately, the characters and story are just not interesting to me, even though the writing itself isn't bad. Too many books in the TBR stack to spend time on ones I don't like!
#botm
#botmchallenge
27/35

monkeygirlsmama I liked this one; sorry you didn't. 2y
LitLogophile I have the same philosophy on books that are a miss. 2y
mrozzz If it makes you feel any better I read this a couple months ago and couldn't tell you what happened. Forgettable. Good decision! 2y
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Reviewsbylola I'm genuinely surprised. I liked this one! 2y
emilyhaldi @mrozzz LOL, that does help, thank you! 😂😂 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I remember you liked this one so I had high hopes! I just DID. NOT. CARE. about these people. Maybe it was bad timing 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Freefallinmissy I didn't like any of the characters 2y
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Yourfriendlylibrarian
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This is a novel that every teacher, parent, high school student, should read. An honest account of what "innocent" bullying can do in the lives of all involved. The lingering psychological effects of trying to be a part of the in- crowd be it: teacher, students, or parent are laid bare in these pages. An unforgettable portrayal of the most dangerous place on Earth.

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So true, the character's mother had breast cancer. The teacher made the mistake of assuming things go back to normal during remission. And the truth is, "Nothing ever goes back." #cancersurvivor #mytruth

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Cassidys.Bookshelf
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Mehso-so

"And she'd realized there was something worse than being ignored; there was being a target."

This was just a so-so read for me. I finished it just over a week ago and I feel like I've already forgotten about it.

⭐⭐⭐

#themostdanergerousplaceonearth #lindseyleejohnson #3stars #soso #books #reading #bookworm #meh

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MicheleinPhilly
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wallacereads
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This was a quick and excellent read. The author does an amazing job of capturing the angst of being in high school. #julyreads

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Guys. 21st century high school really is the most dangerous place. This one is getting to me...

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Taylor
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This is an astute novel, written in confident, skillful prose, and filled with emotion. The setting is modern and well-informed, and never rings as unbelievable.

There are many storylines, so some resonated more than others. But the stuff that worked, consumed me.

Highly recommended if you don't mind material about high school, though this does journey to a deeper, more severe place than most teen drama fare.

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VioletBramble
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Day 13 #riotgrams. #freebie! #freebie. I received this freebie in December from Early Reviewers at Library Thing. Hope to get it read this summer.

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Taylor

On waterskiing:

"Cally had clenched her teeth and waved back, believing she was ready. But when the boat took off, she was paralyzed, unable to stand, unable to release the rope. The water coursed over her body, flooding her nose and her mouth, and she knew it then: the world was going to drag her where it wanted."

This book is juicy gossipy emo, and I love it.

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ErinC
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I really loved this book. The different personalities of the students combined with the naïveté of the teacher was something I could relate to. Although, I kept getting angry about that naïveté as well. Beautiful writing, interesting plot, and a unique twist on the archetypal high school students.

Cinfhen I found the parents/ adults cluelessness really irksome.. 2y
ErinC I agree @Cinfhen I kept thinking how stupid are they? 2y
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ErinC
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Spending time outdoors on this gorgeous day. April and May were rough for me in many ways and I recently got out of my reading rut by listening to Shrill on audio. Now I'm hoping to binge a couple books today and tomorrow so I can end May well! 4 days of school left then this is my plan for all my mornings in the near future! Accompanied by Rory Gilmore. #dogsoflitsy

Nat_Reads Beautiful dog! I hope June is better than May! 2y
ErinC @Nat_Reads It will be! I won't have 250 essays to grade! 2y
monalyisha I just finished Shrill, too! It was AMAZING. 😍😍😍 2y
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Purplerosiepage
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The first chapter of this book just about gutted me... I don't know if I want to continue. If I made it through Roanoke Girls, I will make it through this.... but I am really tired of sad.

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sprainedbrain
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#MayBookFlowers #EyesOnCovers

All of these were on just one bookcase, and all of them are still tbr. 😬

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hes7
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This wasn't my favorite #BOTM pick, but it is interesting in the way it represents a lot of issues that kids on the #EdgeOfSeventeen face. #RockinMay

Megabooks I did this as an audiobook and enjoyed it. 2y
Cinfhen Good choice, totally forgot about this #BOTM 🙌🏻💙 2y
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jessberk13
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It's been a while since I posted my #LitsyReadingChallenge progress! It's slow going (for me!) but we still have 7 more months! Has anyone completed their board yet?

BookishTrish Not yet. I think I have 7 squares left 2y
Kris10 You aren't alone. I still have 9 open slots, but it's coming along!! I even have a few ideas for next year's categories! 😆 2y
Cinfhen I just did today! Thanks so much for this challenge...it was so much fun 😊How are the wedding plans?!?!? 2y
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jessberk13 @Kris10 send your ideas my way, I have a list going for 2018!!! 2y
jessberk13 @Cinfhen thank you!! Wedding planning is going... as smooth as it can considering we have only five weeks to plan!!! 😂😂😂 at least my dress came in super early!!! 2y
Cinfhen So exciting and having the dress makes it seem super real!!! Can't wait to see pics 💗 2y
anored Jumping in late, but where can I get the board? 2y
KarenUK 5 to go for me 👍 2y
Suelizbeth Yay! Good for you! 📚🎉❤️ 2y
Kris10 @Jessica nonfiction set where/near you live and a book with a number in the title. 2y
Kris10 @Cinfhen congrats on finishing!! That's awesome! 🙌 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Kris10 💕 2y
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hes7
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So far, this book is just making me angry. #audiobook #BOTM #SpringCleaningReadathon

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Mehso-so

The first half was great, but the second half lost me in some places. This is a very character driven story, and there are several different plot lines to follow. Many of the characters deal with intense and important issues. As a young teacher, who also grew up with technology, the characters were relatable and interesting. I felt that there were several unanswered questions.

Book #3 for #readathon
#longtitle for #aroundtheyearin52books

StephBengtson I'm doing the audio of this right now and I'm having trouble staying interested. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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3:55pm. Rapidly closing in on the 10 hours mark! #readathon #snackathon #litsyeats

JoeStalksBeck Wow! You go! 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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I'm setting The Nightmare aside for now. Even though I need to read it for challenges and it was part of my monthly TBR, I've tried to read it a few times and it just isn't pulling me in at the moment. On to the library stack! #readathon

4thhouseontheleft That's the great thing about having a stack to pull from, when something isn't working out, move on to the next! #readathon 2y
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Mike_W
Mehso-so

Johnson's debut is often compared to Ng's Everything I never Told You and while the comparison is fair, I don't think it does Johnson any favors. Ng's novel felt plausible while Johnson's tends toward the dramatic, cramming ten years worth of scandals into the experience of a few classes of high schoolers. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth has its moments, but overall tended toward the improbable with characters who were too often unlikeable.

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MelindaOtt
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Enjoyed this one...it is very character driven, which I like. It also made me very grateful that my high school days were far behind me (and very nervous that my kids will be in high school in the not very distant future.

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LindaGrace812
Bailedbailed

Nope. Not for me, not right now.

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Linda906
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Johnson writes a very realistic look into the minds and actions of the affluent adolescents of Mill Valley. Set in a high school, the story focuses on several diverse students as they navigate life after a terrible event. Adolescence is harder now more than ever as expectations are often unreasonable and unreachable and every decision can go viral. Johnson gives us a peek into this difficult world.

Ashley_Nicoletto I just finished this book today too. I loved it! 3y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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The only thing I've really done today is read this book. The entire thing. Not many books are one sitters for me. I loved this look into a high school atmosphere that was all to familiar for me. To much money. Unsupervised kids smattering in a mixture of drugs, sex, alcohol, and poor choices. Excellent engrossing read.

StephBengtson This has been on my TBR for so long. Maybe it's time to give it a go. 3y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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8 AM on Saturday mornings should always be spent like this. The rain is coming in, but my coffee is hot and this book is completely engaging at 27%.

Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 3y
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Linda906
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Gonna visit the difficult world of high schoolers. Starting this one next...

LindaGrace812 Me too...from another Linda! 😊 3y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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4 am cardio + kindle 💪🏼

Megabooks I bounce too much. Have to go audio! 3y
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻 3y
Kaylamburson Hahaha, agree @Booksandcooks! I can only read on a stationary bike. 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Booksandcooks @Kaylamburson LOL. 😂😂😂 I can only really pull this off on the bike and the elliptical. Sometimes not even then. Ninja focus is required. 3y
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Apinlibraryland
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Only about 50 pages in...a bit cliche so far, but I'll keep going!

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Beth.Pedota
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Oh my god! So much deeper and more intense than I expected. I don't have the words for all the reasons I thought this would bore me, but I was amazed and captivated throughout.

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Freefallinmissy
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This is a book I wouldn't normally have read but I picked it as my #bookofthemonth pick. I really liked the writing of this author. Really Great job getting into the minds of teens and a young teacher. There is a part at the end of the book that truly made my heart break - always a sign of a good book!!

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TheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

High school is apparently the most dangerous place on earth (which I can totally see). The writing and story was alright. It followed the lives of a handful of school kids and a teacher. I was expecting a little more from the book.

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NatalieR
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This was a pretty good book. I don't read much about teenagers, but this is a well-written story that explores the lives of teenagers beyond the rich, spoiled exterior. Thanks to @mkindness for the recommendation. #BOTNS

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alisonrose
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Let me tell you, as someone who grew up near these kids, the author definitely has Marin teens nailed here. I was making comparisons in my head between the characters and kids I went to school with. And though I couldn't fucking stand most of my classmates bc they were jerks, I liked how she showed the turmoil that can lurk inside even the most privileged little twerps. And the aching need for *something* that impels their darkest acts. 4/5⭐️

Texreader Now tell us what you really think. 😉. I'm sorta there with you. I have no friends from those days. I was so happy to go to a huge anonymous college once high school was done. Now I see my daughter going through this stuff as she starts high school this year. She's got a tough exterior and handles it well on the outside. But we know how it feels on the inside. 3y
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