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ISBN:
0375931058
Author:
Laura McNeal
Category:
Growing Up & Facts of Life
Language:
English
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2006)
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Rating:
4.8
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From National Book Award nominee Laura McNeal comes a gripping . At least Clara still has Hambone, her loyal dog. And her crush on Amos McKenzie, of course.

From National Book Award nominee Laura McNeal comes a gripping, tautly-told novel that is at once hopeful and harrowing. Sixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different, that she were somewhere else, someone else. Amos McKenzie doesn't much like home these days.

McNeal and McNeal know how teenagers think and this fact comes through with their writing. The characters aren't your typical teenage stereotypes, and it helps seeing them from different points of view, a technique the writers have incorporated in all three of their novels. First love, physics reports and all of high schools other uncertainties are presented fully and truthfully.

Laura McNeal is a freelance journalist and former English teacher. She is married to the author Tom McNeal and they live in Southern California. Some of her books include Dark Water, The Incident on the Bridge, and The Practice House. Tom McNeal is the critically acclaimed author of many short stories and the novel Goodnight, Nebraska, winner of the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize. He holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner.

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Laura McNeal received a master's degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University. She taught middle school and high school English before becoming a novelist and journalist. She has written several books with her husband Tom McNeal including Crooked, winner of the California Book Award for Juvenile Literature; Zipped, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature; Crushed; and The Decoding of Lana Morris. Dark Water is her first solo title and was a finalist for the National Book Award

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My book is Crushed by Laura and Tom McNeal. When Audrey Reed and her nerdy group of friends are new to Jeminson High School. They previously went to a private school.

Clyde, a quiet and thoughtful classmate with a crush on Audrey, discovers that Wickham has secrets of his own. When he tells Audrey about Wickham's past, she assumes Clyde is the yellow journalist

Clyde, a quiet and thoughtful classmate with a crush on Audrey, discovers that Wickham has secrets of his own. When he tells Audrey about Wickham's past, she assumes Clyde is the yellow journalist. Unfortunately, Wickham isn't the only person in Audrey's life with secrets; her father's fledgling-and failing-business eventually results in their home being repossessed.

By Laura McNeal and Tom McNeal. From National Book Award-nominated authors Laura and Tom McNeal. Audrey and her two best friends have just transferred to Jemison High from their tiny private school. By Laura McNeal and Tom McNeal. Category: Teen & Young Adult Fiction Teen & Young Adult Social Issues Teen & Young Adult Romance. They’re a nerdy little trio, so everyone is shocked when the handsome new guy, Wickham Hill, asks Audrey out. Audrey is so smitten that she doesn’t pay much attention to The Yellow Paper, a vicious underground school newspape. ntil it threatens to tell a tale that could change everything.

From National Book Award-nominated authors Laura and Tom McNeal. They're a nerdy little trio, so everyone is shocked when the handsome new guy, Wickham Hill, asks Audrey out.

Audrey and her best friends Lea and C.C. have just arrived at Jemison High from the one-room private school where they spent grades six through ten, where they performed Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, where they adored Edith Wharton. They’re a nerdy little trio, so everyone is shocked when the handsome new guy, Wickham Hill, asks Audrey out. Audrey is soon so smitten that she hardly pays any mind to the vicious underground newspaper at school–or to that strange lurking guy in World Cultures. Before long, it seems everyone at Jemison High is worried about getting crushed–by friends, by enemies, by a mysterious reporter.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Garr
all good
  • Macill
At first, this story doesn't seem all that special. Audrey and her best friends find themselves as the new kids at school. The popular girls immediately don't like them, but Audrey does draw the attention bad (and gorgeous) boy, Wickham.

The story then takes on a bit of suspense, with some surprising twists.

I was really drawn into the story. The characters are all very high schoolish, but there is some depth to them that makes them interesting.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book.
  • Jusari
Audrey does not have a mother and her surrogate mom/housekeeper is away. Her father is facing terrible financial problems he is trying to keep secret from Audrey. Audrey envisions herself and her best friends, Lea and C.C., as the Three Little Maids of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. She listens to The Mikado in her car.

Wickham does not have a father. His delusional mother clings to the idea that someday Wickham's biological father will divorce his wife and join them in family-hood while her son battles migraines and memories from his past.

Clyde has a loving family but he is losing his mother to cancer. He works as a waiter at the country club and worships Audrey from afar. He is actively searching for personal information about his classmates on the Internet.

The three are also adrift in their personal lives. Audrey's father is never home and, so, she is alone most of the time. Wickham is rootless and bills his distant father for all his expenses. Clyde is in a terrible no-man's land hoping his mother will recover, fearing she will not and waiting for an outcome he dreads.

Audrey, Wickham, and Clyde struggle to stay afloat in the confusing and sometimes scary and dangerous world of high school. There are thugs waiting to waylay unsuspecting students in the halls and parking lot. An underground newspaper, The Yellow Paper, spills deeply held secrets of the students and teachers.

When Wickham enrolls at Jemison Hall, Audrey is completely smitten. He is very tall, very handsome and at ease with the world. Audrey must decide how far she is willing to go for her new boyfriend.

The characters are crushed as in "romantic obsession" and crushed emotionally by the events threatening to overtake them. Like a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, characters are not who they appear to be. Identities are hidden and relationships become tangled.

The reader aches for Audrey and Clyde, feels some pity for Wickham and hopes for a happy G&S ending to the story. There is no spirited chorus singing at the end, but the conclusion is satisfactory.
  • Tisicai
I decided to purchase Crushed after reading and thoroughly enjoying Zipped and Crooked, other young adult novels by Laura and Tom McNeal. This husband and wife team always does a great job of writing from the perspective of average teenagers. In Crushed, the three main characters are Audrey, Wickham and Clyde. Audrey, an innocent and intelligent good girl falls for the smooth but mysterious new guy, Wickham. Blinded by her first love, she fails to notice that Clyde, Jemison High's resident oddball, has a crush on her too. Wanting to protect Audrey, Clyde follows his gut instinct and digs deep into the dark past of Wickham. In the mean time, an underground newspaper called The Yellow Paper circulates the school, ready to spill everyone's secrets with its witty and biting commentary on students and teachers.

Told from alternating viewpoints, McNeal and McNeal made it easy for me to really get to know the main characters. Audrey, who was naïve in the ways of love and friendship, gets a rude awakening when she is betrayed by people she loves the most and eventually comes out stronger on the other side. Her transformation is very believable and readers find themselves rooting for her even at her lowest moments. The only character of the novel that I found to be unrealistic was Audrey's best friend Lea. The development of Lea's personality, from shy and quiet, to reckless and rebellious was hurried. The surprising change was unexpected and happened to quickly to be believable. It also wasn't supported by clues in the text that might have explained why this transformation had occurred.

The intricate plot of Crushed is what really drives the novel. It starts off fast and keeps pace till the last chapter. The theme of the novel, that everyone has a secret, runs throughout and ties in with almost every single character's development. These secrets, some that The Yellow Paper decides to reveal, threaten to undo their seemingly perfect lives. Story lines that include a fatal car wreck, bankruptcy, and cancer, propel the novel past the average teen fair and give it a mature feel. By the end of the book, I was satisfied with the directions the authors decided to take the characters, and wasn't let down or disappointed.

The reason I enjoyed the book so much was because of how realistic it was. Gossip, rumors, cliques and crushes were all aspects of the novel that I could relate too. I love the fact that Crushed made me feel as if I could be there, at that same high school, walking amongst the characters. A believable suspense is also built up during the novel, which kept me reading until the end. This is mostly due to the wonderful writing style of the authors. McNeal and McNeal know how teenagers think and this fact comes through with their writing. The characters aren't your typical teenage stereotypes, and it helps seeing them from different points of view, a technique the writers have incorporated in all three of their novels. First love, physics reports and all of high schools other uncertainties are presented fully and truthfully.
  • Jorius
Just started the book found it at the dollar store. On chapter 6 and I love itl!