The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In an edenic community of wealthy Bay Area families, Molly Nicholl, a replacement teacher from a poorer, scrubbier version of California, arrives in the middle of the school year and soon becomes intrigues by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to her, a tragedy from their middle school years continues to reverberate for 'her' kids. Among these are Callista, a hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own; Ryan the star pitcher and sex object; Dave, the nice kid whose parents' obsession with his SAT scores threatens to upend his life; Emma, a dancer who balances her dreams of bright stagelights with wildness on the weekends, and Nick, the uneasy kingpin of schemes, pranks, and parties. These teens are all navigating in a world in which every action may become public--postable, shareable, indelible--a world Molly finds both alluring and dangerous.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812997279
Branch Call Number: Johnson, L
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 25 cm


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May 15, 2017

I read this book fairly quickly as it is an easy read. I like how the author allows each character to show a piece of themselves by narrating a chapter. That being said, It is truly just a piece. You are left with the feeling there is more to them and their story. The book leaves you wondering what happened to them, but I believe that is the point. The ending attempts to be a hopeful resolution and clensing, but for me, fell a bit short. I posted age suitability as fourteen and up with a caveat... I would recommend that parents discuss the book themes with their kids. Whether we like it or not or think they are mature enough or not, the themes in this book and their consequences are something kids are dealing with today, and I find this book to be one way to start a open dialogue about it. Cue teen eye rolling!

Apr 24, 2017

I had to stop reading this halfway through--life is too short. The characters are one dimensional and stereotypical. The writing is pedestrian. The plot is predictable. There are much better YA and Teen books that cover the same issues.

Brenda1388 Feb 24, 2017

It's not read for the plot, it's for character development. I loved the how the author went into each character's perspective on the same situation. It was very descriptive and moving

Jan 30, 2017

Plot moves at a snail's pace. I couldn't get past page 15.

Jan 21, 2017

I enjoyed this story.


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May 15, 2017

mlinard thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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