08. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Courtney, Fiction, Teen Books

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn, 216 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/14/2013

Andrew Winston Winters is not a happy guy. He spends most of his time at his boarding school avoiding everyone and everything, in spite of the fact that he’s not only smart, but a top-notch athlete as well. The thing he avoids most, however, is his past. The one thing he can’t avoid is the coming full-moon. Win believes he has a monster waiting to come out and that monster is somehow connected to the events of a tragic summer years ago. As the clock ticks down, Win finds that he is not as alone as he thought.
It’s really difficult to write a plot summary of this book without being spoiler-y. Suffice it to say, this is an unusual book. Important information is meted out, bit by bit, enticing the reader with the promise of revelation. This is not a happy book, but it is a beautiful one. It’s one of those beautiful books that rips your heart out by the time you’re done reading it.

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