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Three teens who have attempted suicide meet in a psychiatric hospital, battle their demons, and begin to heal.

The handsome son of wealthy parents, Connor has everything anyone could want...except his family's love and affection. Jailed for years after killing his mother's child-molesting boyfriend, Tony is confused about his sexuality. Manic-depressive Vanessa cuts herself. All three stories intertwine in a brutally honest story about pain and resilience.

©2007 Ellen Hopkins (P)2009 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Sharp, searing free verse...fast, jagged, hypnotic." ( Kirkus)
"A riveting, fast-paced story of teenage hurt and healing". ( VOYA)

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Everything to want in a book❤️

I loved every second of this book. I finished in three days, I couldn't let it go I had to find out what happened in the end. The end was sad, and it made me cry. You'll love this book!

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Grabs your attention from the first page!

As usual, Ellen Hopkins brings us a psychological thriller that draws you in and makes you never want to put it down (or turn off). The characters are so unique and I love how this book allows you into each of their minds. The narrators did a good job portraying each character as well. Definitely worth the read.

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one of my favorites

this book was the first Ellen Hopkins I ever read. and I read it when I was going through a really rough time in my life. after the first chapter by Vanessa I was hooked. I read it faster than any other book, couldn't put it down. now listening to it, its a whole new wave of aw. the characters come to life in this recording. you will feel as the feel. relate it ways you may never share to others. listen to it. you won't be sorry. and if you like this one listen to identical next.

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Will pull at your heart

This book is beautifully written, and is so deep and has a very powerful message.

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Listened in 2 days!

Raw, poignant, riveting... Ellen Hopkins has sheer talent. I bought the companion, Perfect right away!

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First audio book I've listened to

Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors and this is the first time I have ever listened to an audio book. Let me say, the book is great, and I loved the narrators! I can't wait to buy her next audio book "Perfect". Oh wait, I just bought it before this review and I'm about to start it ASAP!!! ; )

Thank you Ellen for an amazing book(s) and amazing narrators.

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amazing

I love all of Hopkins' stories and this one hit home. great narration and amazing story.

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Good book with realistic life experiences ...

Great story that a lot of people can either relate too or only imagine! Three teens explain what it is like to go through hopeless real life times. All forced into a inpatient rehab. Their stories will keep you engaged and teach you what it is like to experience such fearful times! Highly recommend, great author and a part of a series!

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  • Janet
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The mind of a troubled teen?

If you know any teenagers, whether they are your own or just some that are in your life, this is a wonderful book to read. Listening to this gave me insight into how the developing brain of some teenagers works on their own personal trauma and worldviews.

You may feel that the book is slow at first, but keep at it and you will be rewarded in the end with dancers and what you believe will be the outcome on their lives. This is a great wonderful book.

Warning, it can be a little sad at times. Knowing what our side he does at times to children is heartbreaking, but the recovery of the human spirit is a wonderful thing. This book highlights that the best it can.

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So great

I love Ellen Hopkins' books. She is a terrific write. I can't wait for her to come out with newbooks