For freshman Xing Xu, life at Slackenkill High School is a daily exercise in futility. As one of only two Asian students at the otherwise all-white school, he exists on the fringes of adolescent society, counting the days until he’s free. Only his best friend, fellow Chinese immigrant Naomi Lee, can comprehend Xing’s loneliness and frustration. When a series of mysterious abductions rattles his adopted home town, Xing’s position on the outskirts of the community puts him at an advantage. Local police are baffled by the crimes, but Xing, so easily ignored by those around him, sees and hears the things others do not. As he moves closer to unveiling the identity of the kidnapper, a surprise revelation from his past presents an opportunity to prove his worth to his classmates - and to the lovely Naomi - once and for all. Ultimately, Xing must choose between living his life in the shadows and revealing his true self to the world, leading to a climax that will resonate long after the chilling conclusion.
©2010 Andrew Xia Fukuda (P)2012 Brilliance Audio
I never read print version.
The story moved along swiftly, and characters were interesting.
A very surprise ending, not what I expected at all.
No, but I liked his performance for this book very much!
Bigots in Small Town America.
I think that the boy in this story could not get past his feelings of being looked down upon, from past slights as a child and even later. It was a very sad ending to me, to see him give up like that, the final straw for him was the girl.
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