Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how.
Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household. Mindy Denton makes it her single mission in life to destroy Callis, even as her brother, Kevin, falls deeper into love with the mysterious and beautiful girl who is hiding something from them all.
©2013 Mark Tufo (P)2013 Tantor
This book was awful! I bought it because it had such uniformly glowing reviews. I have to wonder if the poor ones were simply left out of the lineup. The plot was absurd, the writing - pallid. Full of cliches and pointless detail. I continued to listen because it was right on that border line between "so bad, it's good" and a full on stinker. I should have given up after the first chapter because it was a waste of time. To compare this book to Steven King's Carrie is an insult to that author.
Let me start out by stating that I am a Stephen King fan. In reading the reviews for this story, I came across several references to "Carrie" (which I have not read yet). I recall seeing this movie at the theatre when I was probably in kindergarten (yes, my mom took my siblings and myself to see this movie when I was that young!). The movie, of course, freaked me out (final scene with the hand coming out of the grave terrified me). I was planning to read Carrie soon, prior to seeing the release of the new movie. I couldn't resist trying this one also. I was not disappointed. I thought the story was pretty compelling, it kept me listening and wanting to know how this story would develop. I was conflicted at times with the story, one minute feeling compassion and sympathy for Callis, and the next, feeling as if she were the villian. I agree with other reviewers that is was reminiscent of "Mean Girls", and a bit unbelievable the lengths that some of the characters would go to purely out of dislike for someone. I kinda got a kick out of it and couldn't take it too seriously. All in all, I thought it was pretty a pretty decent and entertaining story.
I would try another book read by Sean Runnette, I would not try another book written by Mark Tufo
This book seems forced since beginning to end. It is like he tried to piece it up together and patched it up where it didn't work. Things happen and you don't know why or the explanation doesn't make any sense. The story might have had potential if he would have refined it or edit it with care. It's one of the worse books I've read so far. If it wasn't because of the main character was a little interesting and the reader's performance, I wouldn't have finished it. I think this experience has left me disappointed and I will not read any books from this author.
His voice and performance helps the characters develop a little better.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Professor X as a teenage girl.
The family circumstances that launched Callis on her road through the system.
Yes, it is just as good as his other works. I was worried since this is from a female perspective, but he did really well.
Yes, I wish I had the time but had to break it up over three days.
Mark Tufo is amazing, keep writing!
Yes i would. If i know some one that like scary books you cant go wrong with this one. I tell every one i know thats in these books to read all of mark tufo books
Well of course i had a extreme reaction to this bookSPOILERIt was hard not to shad a tear in some of the book. When she had to go though so many bad foster with drug users and abusers treating them like dirt and not letting them be kids but workers and filthy homes and then after finding a good home (after that got rid of the husband) just get pulled from it really not for a good reason.
If your looking for the normal tufo comedy in your read this is not that book for you BUT if you looking for another great story with a horrific story line to it and to start listing and not be able to turn it off go for it you will love this book I know i did
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