What's the secret to surviving high school? Freshman Emily Kessler needs perfect grades, a rigorous training schedule, and record-breaking swim times. She survives by limiting her fun to lunch with her best friend Tina and the rare Friday-night sleepover. But when she starts to fall for Twin Branches High's heartthrob, and secrets about her sister, Sara, start to surface, Emily begins to question the strict path her life is on. Maybe there is more to high school than just studying and swimming. But if she breaks a few rules, will she survive the consequences? The hit mobile gameSurviving High Schoolcomes to life in an original novel about perfection, failure, and following your dreams.
This novel by screenwriter Doty (who is also the game-writer for the Electronic Arts mobile game the book is inspired by) follows the trials and temptations of high school freshman Emily Kessler in the months following the death of her older sister, Sara, in a car accident. A competitive swimmer and top student like Sara, Emily follows the strict diet, exercise, and sleep regime set forth by her domineering coach (and father), a former Olympian. Narrative tension builds as Emily's longing to satisfy her father competes with her desire for normal teenage experiences, heightened by her growing awareness that Sara kept many secrets from her-like a boyfriend. An engaging cast of supporting characters includes Emily's best friend Kimi, who makes pro/con spreadsheets of her crushes; Dominique, Emily's nemesis and chief competitor both in and out of the pool; and Ben Kale, a popular bad boy with a good heart, whose unexpected interest in Emily upends her world. Although the conclusion resolves conflicts too tidily, Doty's story is a fast-paced, entertaining read. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 04, 2012
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