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Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Right Behind You

“I figured out that I can’t forget.  I can’t really forgive.  But I can live.  Live with it.  Like you live with a scar or a limp or whatever.  You always know it’s there.  It reminds you never to let yourself do anything so stupid and horrible and wrong again.  I step out of my rut, step again, and keep stepping.”
-Kip McFarland/Wade Madison

Nine-year old Kip McFarland set seven-year old Bobby Clarke on fire, and three days later Bobby died. Kip spent the next few years in a mental institution, trying to overcome his past and forgive himself for what he did. Now Kip is changing his name and moving across the country, where he will try to rebuild his life. But will his past let him go, or will it always come back to haunt him?

I know I’ve said this before, probably in my review for What Happened to Cass McBride? but I’m going to say it again anyway. Gail Giles is an incredible writer. And after reading three of her books, I think it’s safe to say she’s become one of my favorite authors. And if you’re interested in teen violence/crime novels, please be sure to check into her works.

Now, the actual story. Right Behind You is great in every way, shape, and form. The characters are lovable and fun, the kind of characters that you wish were real people. The main story is truthful and addictive, and you can almost feel your heart skip when someone says or does something that will have real consequences. You understand all of the characters’ motives, whether you agree with them or not, and you can identify it to real life oddly well.

Since I’m running out of unread books, after Aimee and Deadline are done I’ll start rereading. Some titles you have probably heard of (Thirteen Reasons Why, The Outsiders, the Divergent books), while others will probably be totally unfamiliar to you (Crash Into Me, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Rosebush). Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the reviews I’ll be posting and keep reading!


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What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

What Happened to Cass McBride

“I was begging him. I knew it would get me nowhere. I watch TV. I read those kinds of books. The bad guy likes the begging… He gets off on it.”
-Cass McBride

After reading this book and Shattering Glass, I’ve developed a particular liking for Gail Giles. What Happened to Cass McBride? is really a book you keep thinking about long after it’s over, and those kinds of books are always the best. I have to say, this is one of the few books that actually scared me, in a way– reading about this kind of topic with Gail Giles’s descriptiveness makes you really feel what it’s like to be trapped like Cass, and that’s kind of scary sometimes.

David Kirby killed himself not long after being rejected by Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school. Although there’s no way of telling, Cass can’t shake the feeling that his death is her fault. But David’s brother Kyle believes Cass must pay for her actions– so he buries her alive.

One thing I really like about this book is how it switches between three different points of view. It goes from Cass’s perspective of being buried alive, to Ben’s perspective of the investigation, to Kyle’s perspective after the whole ordeal as he’s being interviewed by the police. It’s a really strong novel, and I loved every second of it.


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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Shattering Glass

“We’re all imprisoned in different ways.”

This is the kind of book that surprises you without surprising you. For example, in Carrie by Stephen King, you get excerpts from the book Sue wrote after the incident mixed in with the actual story. In Shattering Glass, you get quotes taken from characters and acquaintances of characters after the incident. So, yes, it kind of tells you what is about to happen, but somehow you don’t expect it anyway.

Rob Haynes is the most popular student in his school. He has control of everything, including his posse, and knows how to get whatever he wants. So when Rob sees some kids picking on Simon Glass, the biggest loser in the school, he decides to challenge himself and make Simon popular. Soon Rob realizes he is no longer in control, and as Simon becomes more and more popular, he begins to turn against everyone who got him this far, including Rob.

My summary probably made Rob seem like the good guy, but I feel that he isn’t. Even from the start, I didn’t like him at all. Honestly, he seems like the male version of Allison from the Pretty Little Liars series to me, and if you’ve ever watched the show or read the books you already know that’s not a good thing.

Anyway, I’ll stop with the references and just get to the point: this book was awesome. I have two other unread books by Gail Giles that I’m already excited to read, and by the premises of those books I can tell she’s a crime and violence kind of writer. The book I’m reading now is fairly short, so be ready for another post within the next two days. Adios!


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