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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride Series #1)

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by James Patterson

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Featuring characters inspired by the smash hits When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, The Angel Experiment marks James Patterson's explosive debut in the young adult market that is guaranteed to create legions of new fans for this bestselling author.

Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, Angel, and Maximum: six kids who are 98% human and 2% bird.

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Featuring characters inspired by the smash hits When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, The Angel Experiment marks James Patterson's explosive debut in the young adult market that is guaranteed to create legions of new fans for this bestselling author.

Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, Angel, and Maximum: six kids who are 98% human and 2% bird. They grew up in cages, living like rats, but now they're free. When the bloodthirsty Erasers -- half men, half wolves genetically engineered by sick and sinister scientists -- kidnap little Angel, the Flock embarks on a rescue mission full of nonstop action, adventure, and soul-seeking -- not to mention a little bit of saving the world on the side.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Angel Experiment James Patterson. Warner, $6.99 ISBN 0-446-61779-2. Thriller writer Patterson takes characters that first appeared in his adult novels When the Wind Blows and its sequel, The Lake House, and places them in a story pitched at young adults. Ages 12-up. (May) n Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a purely fantastical tale told primarily from the perspective of one Maximum Ride, a fourteen year old girl who is the glue keeping her ragtag "family" of six children (ranging in age from 6 to 14) together. The kids (including Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel) spent their early years of life in a lab in California called "the School," and are 98% human, and 2 % bird, enabling them to fly. Through a series of truly unfortunate events, the youngest one of the brood has been kidnapped by the evil Erasers (other mutants from the School, who are part human, part bloodthirsty wolf). Max and the others set out on a mission to save her (and supposedly the world, but that part is never clearly delineated) and discover their true identities. Short chapters are like incredibly quick sound bites; while the book is over 400 pages long, chapters are mostly two to four pages in length. The few details readers can glean about Max from the book paint an admirable picture, but a thin one at best. The visual that is created by the image of flying children is intriguing. Creepy scenes of laboratories and mutant children in cages (with organs on the outside of their bodies!), the morphing of the Erasers and some fairly violent fights may disturb some readers. Maximum Ride is this author's first young adult series. He is a best selling author of adult novels; two of particular note, When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, that deal with winged characters. His inspiration for this book comes from these previous works. 2005, Little Brown, Ages 12 up.
—Cindy L. Carolan
James Patterson, who usually writes intense crime novels for adults, slips in his attempt to write an action-adventure series for kids. This first novel introduces readers to Max, who leads a group of young kids who have had two percent of their DNA altered by evil scientists. This alteration gives the group wings. It also gives them each their own unique special power. Max and her "family" are hunted by the evil scientists and another group of genetically-altered kids who are like werewolves. The premise sounds exciting, but the story itself is filled with every possible comic book/Saturday morning cartoon cliche. Patterson's own writing style seems uneasy. Max is typically our narrator, but Patterson occasionally slips out of the first-person voice to get the audience caught up on other events. When she speaks, Max sounds horribly fake and uses phrases like "son of a gun." Despite Patterson's attention to contemporary issues like animal testing and genetic engineering, his 133 chapters of action without substance will leave readers more sick than satisfied by this ride. 2005, Little Brown, 423 pp., Ages young adult.
—John Ritchie
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted family-Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6-were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot. The narrative alternates between Max's first-person point-of-view and that of the others in the third person, but readers don't get to know Max very well. The only major flaw is that the children sound like adults most of the time. This novel is reminiscent of David Lubar's Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) and Ann Halam's Dr. Franklin's Island (Random, 2002).-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Raves for the MAXIMUM RIDE series:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
An ALA/VOYA "Teens' Top Ten" Pick
A VOYA Review Editor's Choice
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age" Selection
A Book Sense Summer 2007 Children's Pick
A KLIATT Editors' Choice
A Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year for MAX

Praise for The Angel Experiment*#1 NYT bestseller
*Publishers Weekly bestseller
*An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
*An ALA/VOYa "Teens' Top Ten" Pick
*A VOYA Review Editor's Choice"

Nonstop action carries this page-turner brilliantly from start to finish."—Kirkus"

Book of the week."—London Times"

Ready-made for a movie script."—The Toronto Sun"

Think wings, big wings."—Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Maximum Ride Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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The Angel Experiment

By James Patterson

Thorndike Press

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780786282920

Chapter One

The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective. Take right now, for instance.

Run! Come on, run! You know you can do it.

I gulped deep lungfuls of air. My brain was on hyperdrive; I was racing for my life. My one goal was to escape. Nothing else mattered.

My arms being scratched to ribbons by a briar I'd run through? No biggie.

My bare feet hitting every sharp rock, rough root, pointed stick? Not a problem.

My lungs aching for air? I could deal.

As long as I could put as much distance as possible between me and the Erasers.

Yeah, Erasers. Mutants: half-men, half-wolves, usually armed, always bloodthirsty. Right now they were after me.

See? That snaps everything into perspective.

Run. You're faster than they are. You can outrun anyone.

I'd never been this far from the School before. I was totally lost. Still, my arms pumped by my sides, my feet crashed through the underbrush, my eyes scanned ahead anxiously through the half-light. I could outrun them. I could find a clearing with enough space for me to-

Oh, no. Oh, no. The unearthly baying of bloodhounds on the scent wailed through the trees, and I felt sick. I could outrun men-all of us could, evenAngel, and she's only six. But none of us could outrun a big dog.

Dogs, dogs, go away, let me live another day.

They were getting closer. Dim light filtered in through the woods in front of me-a clearing? Please, please ... a clearing could save me. I burst through the trees, chest heaving, a thin sheen of cold sweat on my skin.


No-oh no!

I skidded to a halt, my arms waving, my feet backpedaling in the rocky dirt.

It wasn't a clearing. In front of me was a cliff, a sheer face of rock that dropped to an unseeable floor hundreds of feet below.

In back of me were woods filled with drooling bloodhounds and psycho Erasers with guns.

Both options stank.

The dogs were yelping excitedly-they'd found their prey: moi.

I looked over the deadly drop.

There was no choice, really. If you were me, you'd have done the same thing.

I closed my eyes, held out my arms ... and let myself fall over the edge of the cliff.

The Erasers screamed angrily, the dogs barked hysterically, and then all I could hear was the sound of air rushing past me.

It was so dang peaceful, for a second. I smiled.

Then, taking a deep breath, I unfurled my wings as hard and fast as I could.

Thirteen feet across, pale tan with white streaks and some freckly looking brown spots, they caught the air, and I was suddenly yanked upward, hard, as if a parachute had just opened. Yow!

Note to self: No sudden unfurling.

Wincing, I pushed downward with all my strength, then pulled my wings up, then pushed downward again.

Oh, my god, I was flying-just like I'd always dreamed.

The cliff floor, draped in shadow, receded beneath me. I laughed and surged upward, feeling the pull of my muscles, the air whistling through my secondary feathers, the breeze drying the sweat on my face.

I soared up past the cliff edge, past the startled hounds and the furious Erasers.

One of them, hairy-faced, fangs dripping, raised his gun. A red dot of light appeared on my torn nightgown. Not today, you jerk, I thought, veering sharply west so the sun would be in his hate-crazed eyes.

I'm not going to die today.


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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2784 reviews.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, thrilling book that I find to be great for literally any age. It's writing was brilliant enough to keep you captivated with all the action, and yet still mix a good amount of humor and emotion in it. It was majorly awesome, and I'm already ordering the others in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an unbelievable book! It is a must read for everyone. The story makes you feel as though you are part of the adventure. I read almost the whole thing in one sitting! Maximum ride ties in fantasy, horror, comedy and everyday life into one big page turning mystery. You'll be rooting for Max the whole time. Watch out Edward you haven't met Max!!!
LunaGirl-MCReading More than 1 year ago
"Maximum Ride the Angel Experiment" by James Patterson is a very intriguing book. It is a Science Fiction book written especially for teenage kids. The characters in this book are very different from the normal every day humans. Maximum Ride, better known as Max, is the oldest at age fourteen. She is the leader of the six members of her family, or as they refer to themselves, The Flock. Other members are Fang, who is 4 months younger than Max. He is a very mysterious boy. Iggy is the sarcastic member of the flock and is slightly younger than Max and Fang. He is blind due to the experiments done on his eyes when he was young. The Gasman, better known as Gazzy, is eight years old and has farting problems. Iggy and Gazzy are best friends, and are making bombs out of virtually anything they can get their hands on. Angel is the youngest of the flock. She is The Gasman's' six year old blood sister. These kids are very unique and powerful. Max spends the first 10 years of her life locked in a tiny cage at a place called "The School". There she suffers through test after horrid test from the scientists who created her, by adding bird DNA to her own human DNA. While there, she meets five other winged kids, and with the help of a sympathetic scientist, the six of them manage to escape. This fantastic freedom becomes the happiest time in their lives, bonding Max, Fang, Iggy, the Gasman, Nudge and Angel into a family, the only family any of them has ever known. "Maximum Ride the Angel Experiment", was a very exciting and entertaining book to read. This book had a new adventure every time I turned the page. I don't think that children should be experimented on in a lab or locked up in dog crates. That is just wrong. Even though they were not treated well in the lab, at least they have received powers from all of these experiments that can actually help people out in the world. I thought that Maximum Ride was way more in depth, captivating, and descriptive than any other book I have read. Once I started reading this book, I felt sorry for these kids, having to be experimented on everyday, not being able to have any control over what was done to them. That is just so sad to even think about. James Patterson is an amazing storyteller, by grabbing the readers attention on page one and keeping it through out the entire book. His vivid descriptions put the reader right up in the sky flying next to Max and the gang, feeling the wind flow though their feathers and the emotions tear through their hearts.
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read- enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything was going great until well . never. That is the life of Max Ride. Her and her "flock" have to suffer through seconds, minutes, hours, days and sometimes even weeks because of humiliation and isolation. This "flock" is made up of unusual characters, Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel. They live in a secret hideaway somewhere in America. They have special powers that were given to them by evil scientists. What a pleasure. NOT. To cut it short they live alone as teenagers, have wings, and basically fight for their lives at least once a month. Right now I bet you are probably wondering why they have to fight for their lives. Erasers are hairy evil creatures that want to kill the "flock" or at least bring them back to the whitecoats. Whitecoats are the people who create mutants, such as the flock. The whitecoats would torture the flock forever if they were back at the lab. The flock avoids the lab at all costs for their happiness and safety. James Patterson is a very famous author. My dad knew him when he was a teenager. James is hoping to create a movie of his Maximum Ride series. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading, fighting, sass, romance, happiness, excitement or well, you get it, it's a great book.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
this series is my *pause for dramatic effect* NEW FAVORITE. its even better then twilight - I'm not even kidding. saying it's my favorite is a big step for me - LOL - because before i read twilight i had many MANY favorites but twilight quickly jumped to the #1 spot in the "books i've read" reading list i keep up in my head. i had no doubt that it was going to stay there in the #1 spot for a long long long long long time - if not forever. but then came the maximum ride series and as i read it i mentally made it climb the list of books until it bumped twilight right down to numero dos. this book is very interesting, exciting, and unpredictable. i think the part i loved the most is the writing style. even if the situation they were in was the worst they had faced yet, james patterson managed to make me laugh (out loud) at the funny things that the members of the flock said. i was so into the story as i was reading it was unbelievable. i loved how it was written in max point of veiw and how the reader wasn't part of the story but wasn't out of it either. it grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn't let go. it was about adventure and misunderstanding and confusion and mystery and near death fights and high speed chases and flying. and its about them realizing that family is the most important - even when your family consits of 5 mutant bird kids. i recommend the rest of this series ( i havn't read MAX yet but im sure it will be great) and also the host if you like science fiction. if you can't find anything to read then check out my b&n page for more books that i recommend :)
Roni-Night More than 1 year ago
this book was so good it kept me reading all day and i finished it in about a day and half. it was action packed and constantly speeding along hairpin turns. the fight scenes were very realistic and the entire story was almost believable. almost meaning if kids could actually be genetically engineered to have wings and multiple other abilities it would be totally believable. this book though lacked the romantic element that Patterson's other novels contain, but this action packed book kept me reading and i can't wait to read the rest of the series.
J_K More than 1 year ago
If you like XMen then you'll love Maximum ride. I'm hooked on the characters and their stories about finding out who they really are. Well written for all ages and kept me hooked. I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went to the bookstore with about 10 dollars in my hand( leftover of bday money) an wanted to buy a book. I didnt have any thing to read and every book i picked out was either too expensive or it seemed cheap and poorly written. Then my eyes fell on this book and it seemed ok from the outside. I remebered on of my friends had shone it to me saying it was the best book they ever read! So i just decided to buy it. It was history from there! I read the book in one night and have been reading everyone of the books. Im about to start nevermore. It was the best book series i have ever read. It has a tub of adventure, a cup of humour and a pinch of romance! Everything i look for in a book. I am hope this series will become an instant classic and will be enjoyed for years to come. Thank you james patterson!
SOPHIESF More than 1 year ago
Once you read this book you can't wait for the next book to be available. Great read for all ages. I enjoyed it very much.
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
One of my friends said it was an amazing book so she let me borrow it and....needless to say I fell in love with this book after page 1! I'm now reading book 2, Maximum Ride: Schools Out-Forever.... P.S..........if you look on Wikipedia you can see that there's a book called Fang: A Maximum Ride if you didn't already now this.... DON'T start jumping and screaming....if you look at the summury, you'll know why i'm NOT exited....lets just say someone EVERYONE cares about in this seriers MIGHT DIE. I literiy started to tear up when I read it...i'm still CRYING now as i'm writing this....THIS. PERSON. CAN. NOT. DIE!!!! Let's hope this person doesn't die....or i'll cry my eyes out for days, and days, and more days, and well then I guess i'll cry again...!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! Its a great read! TEAM FAAAAAAANG!!!! BOO DYLAN!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're trying to figure out whether to get this book or not, GET IT YOU WONT REGRET IT haha that rhymes...but seriously, its the best book ever....oh and TEAM FANG!!
BigHauss-MCReading More than 1 year ago
James Patterson is normally an adult writer. He came out with the Maximum Ride series which is geared for young adults. The tile of the book is "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment", the publisher is Warner Vision Book. A group of 6 kids are like no other kids you have ever seen. These kids are on the run from part-human, part wolf predators, called the Erasers. In this Science Fiction, action packed book, you will not be able to get your eyes out of it. The charters are Max, who is 14 and her adopted family; Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, Angel. These kids were all experiments in a lab which is really called "The School". Jeb, who, in the beginning of the book, is a really nice guy, helps them escape from the school, but than disappears. Ari is the leader of all the Erases. The Erasers have orders to kill all of the bird kids, so people have no idea that they exist. Ari tracks them down along with hundreds of Erasers; he ends up kidnapping Angel and taking her back to the lab for more testing and to live like a lab rat again. On there journey to try to kidnap back Angel, they find out that they all have special talents. The flock wants to know about there past and how they ended up with wings. On there fight for the death with Erasers, they try to find out there past. This book will continue with several more action packed books. Patterson is an adult writer of mysteries, thrillers and action books. Who thought he would be writing young adult book? He tells this book in first person which lets the reader be right there in the story. I hope later into the book, we will get to know all the characters a little bit better and get to know what actually happened to them as babies. I love this book and I am going to read the whole series. I would recommend this book and series to anyone of any age. It's a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love it.
whitewind More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series the first time I read it and I've been dying to find an electronic version and was so happy I did. I love Max and her story. I think she's a great role model for girls because she's brave and strong and doesn't give up. There aren't many female super heroes out there, and I think Max is a great example of one. Her story is so engaging and Patterson does a great job of making the science-y part of "Maximum Ride" sound realistic. Max's story is thrilling with tons of adventure and roller coaster rides. I always recommend this book to anyone who needs a leisurely read and wants to have fun reading. It was recommended to me by a classmate and since then I can't stop telling people about it. Max and her friends are great and really kick butt! Definitely a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is thrilling and excieting you should so buy it and read it you will be on the edge of your seat and reading very quickly so you can know what happens. My suggestion is that you read it the reread it because when I did that I caught a lot more details. This is a book you won't be able to put down! You will LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!
BarbaraGordon More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book series I have ever read. I am 16 years old and my uncle is in his mid 40's but we each loved reading every last word in the hole series. I believe there's something in this series for everyone young and old, boy or girl. It's funny, has emotion, it's thrilling, action packed from cover to cover in each book, there's a little bit of romance, and above all it is totally awsome. This book is great for parents to share with their kids, I would reccomend it for people ages 8 or up, and if it had a movie rating I would put it at PG if that helps anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me! This is the best book ever! Oh it moved. too fast it was so confuding! Quit whinning! If your sister was captured and taken to a place that might actually kill her, you would probaly whine and cry, but you wouldnt do anything cause' once again: you are freakin losers. I expeted more of this book, all the reviews are from twilight fans! I'll argree with you on that twilight is the worst book ever, but you mean to tell me that ever single one of us that posted a review is a twilight fan? Ok, I can see how this book might of been too fast and confusing but pick a book thats in your lexile range for crying ot loud! But personaly, I think this book is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most amazing books I've ever read.    The first few chapters they give you in the look inside thingy got me hooked on this book. To be honest at first when I was looking for a book to buy online   I wasn't exactly fond of James Patterson books. I'm that type of person that said what's so special about that book or I just pretend I never saw it and   I'm so upset at myself for doing that. But yes I loved this serious.   Max is awesome... I just love the way she sticks with the flock and takes charge. She has that kind of kick butt personality, but has that little bit of girly side  Fang..... Omg I love Fang he's like my favorite. Fang's got the personality like myself. Quiet, kick but reflexes and all this other stuff. And I love that he always has Max's back. There like  the coolest best friends ever.  Iggy might be my favorite blind teenager ever.. I love Nudge because she is just like some people I know and love. The Gazzy aka the Gasman is like the   The funniest eight year old I have ever read about. And Angel I love her to death. Especially because I have a friend who's name is Angel and is just like Angel in the book no lie. All in all  this book was the start of a new eye opener for me . It's a thrilling  book that really well written and I recommend this book to anyone who wants, laughter, adventure, mystery, and a big story about  six unique bird kids..... This is definitely one to read     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This. Book. Is. AMAZING! I am TOTALLY in love with this series. And Fang. He is awesome. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 500 billion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So a bunch of my friends and classmates seems to really love this book and they've all recommend it to me, so I was thinking I should just try it. Like the other reviewer pointed out, the writing was not all too appealing, but what what I really couldn't stand about the book was the main character herself. Honestly, I think her character is just too hypocrytical and smug (and overreacts, and dramatic...) throughout the entire book, whenever someone ignorantly makes a bird/flying reference or anything relatively unusual, she's like, "oh, you have NO idea." It was funny the first time but it just gets incredibly annoying. You're special, we get it. I finished the book, but I probably wouldn't go for the second one. I recommend this book for those who only seek plot in a book. For me? I'm more of a character and writing style person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Maximum Ride is an amazeing book. It was so fantastic, I could not put it down. James Patterson is such a good author. He gives gives very detailed descriptions in his books. He really makes you feel like you are part of the adventure. He creates magnificent and mysterious characters, that make the book very interesting. It has everything a great book needs suspese, good plot, action. You go through everything the characters go through as patterson makes you part of the story. The heartbreak, the worry, the joy, the love. I love all of his books but this is definitly my favorite. You will not be able to stop reading it. It is totally woth the money. I am 11, my freind is 17 , and we both read it and loved it. Even my mom loved this book when she read it. Its great for boys and girls of any age. It is kind of similar to x men. So if you like x men, you will probably like maximum ride. Maximum ride is a very inspiring character who goes on an amazeing adventure that you will really love being a part of if you read this book. I promise its amazeing. So dont hesitate. BUY IT!!!! BUY IT!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
Ok, so maybe werewolves and shape-shifters are getting kind of stale. That might be so. But what about mutants? Well, more specifically, humans with avian DNA and wings? Pretty cool, huh? That is the treat you are in for if you read James Patterson's book, Maximum Ride Series. The story starts off with meeting the FabSix: Max, Fang, Nudge, Iggy, Gassy and Angel. These kids are from all different backgrounds and ethnicities but they all have one thing in common: wings. They are 98% human and only 2% bird. You would think that these kids would be all weird and have twisted features, but that is not the case. The 6 of them have the most wonderful time together despite the fact that they are on the run from some psychotic loons that want to track them down and force them to be lab rats. Er...birds, sorry. They spend all their time running, hiding and pretty much being kids, that is, when they aren't kicking some serious butt. You see, when you have these things, well, mutants after you called Erasers, you kind of get an urge to run. Tell me, if someone came running up to you, yelling that Erasers were after them, you would either think, &quot;What a nut,&quot; or you would want to help them. Its only logical. Anyways, throughout the book, (and the series) the six friends overcome obstacles, learn new fighting techniques, as well as run for their birdy lives. But despite all the drama and trauma, they still learn to love and work together as a family. Because otherwise, they get caught and made into soup. And who in the world would want that? Gabby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I t was awesome. If you not sure about buying this, you are mentally ill