By Megan Abbott
Addy Hanlon has continually been Beth Cassidy's ally and relied on lieutenant. Beth calls the photographs and Addy includes them out, a customary order of items that has introduced them to the top in their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely aggressive cheer squad, feared and via the opposite ladies -- till the younger new trainer arrives.
Cool and commanding, an emissary from the grownup global simply past their succeed in, trainer Colette French attracts Addy and the opposite cheerleaders into her lifestyles. purely Beth, unsettled through the recent regime, continues to be outdoor Coach's golden circle, waging a sophisticated yet vicious crusade to regain her place as "top girl" -- either with the crew and with Addy herself.
Then a suicide focuses a police research on trainer and her squad. After the 1st wave of concern and grief, Addy attempts to discover the reality in the back of the demise -- and learns that the boundary among loyalty and love should be risky terrain.
The uncooked passions of girlhood are delivered to existence during this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and tool. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and a nearly determined intensity," offers a harrowing glimpse into the darkish center of the all-American girl.
Anthony Award Nominee for most sensible Novel (2013)
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Arson. David’s jaw clenched as the platform rose. Had to be. He’d seen it before, up close and way too personally. The wind shifted again and he flinched when the flames lurched his way. For a split second he lost his footing. Focus, boy. Stay alive. ” Jeff’s voice was urgent amid the crackling. ” The platform rose a few more feet, lifting him alongside a large picture window. Every condo on the upper floors had them. He saw no flames, but smoke billowed from the smaller windows which had already burst from the heat.
Scotty was frowning at the girl’s hands. ” David’s captain and two uniformed cops joined them, the three of them bending over the gurney to see her hands. ” one of the cops asked. “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it reflects light. I saw her handprints on the window,” David told him. “My light hit the glass and the prints shone. Fire investigator’s going to want to sample it. If she set this fire, she got stuck up there and panicked. ” “If she didn’t do this fire, it’s murder,” the other cop said.
These two victims. A middleaged guard and a teenaged girl. Think about them. Think about justice for them. Do your damn job. She drew another breath, grimacing at the stench of smoke. It had been a bad fire. Two companies had responded to the scene-two pumpers, an aerial tower truck, and the two rescue squads they wouldn’t be needing after all. Only the morgue rig would be transporting tonight. As her feet moved, she found herself searching the fire trucks for station numbers, another habit she’d picked up in the last seven months, one she found nearly as distasteful as her new fear of dead bodies.