Choke [NOOK Book]

Overview

A heartfelt novel about the disturbing "choking game" trend -- and one girl's struggle for self-acceptance.

If she could -- if her parents would let her -- eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She'd get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she'd wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy's best friend ...
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Choke

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Overview

A heartfelt novel about the disturbing "choking game" trend -- and one girl's struggle for self-acceptance.

If she could -- if her parents would let her -- eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She'd get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she'd wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy's best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.

And then one day, Windy gets the change she's been looking for. New girl Nina -- impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone -- starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be "breath sisters." Windy isn't sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.

Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life ... but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?
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Editorial Reviews

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“Diana López has written a novel that is sure to touch readers with its simplicity and sincerity. A beautiful story that is as important as it is moving.” – Heather Hepler, author of The Cupcake Queen

“Surprisingly real.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Urgent and necessary … a realistic portrait about the pressures of belonging.” – El Paso Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545510486
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 316,949
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • File size: 627 KB

Meet the Author


Diana López is the author of Confetti Girl. She was a middle school teacher for more than a decade, and saw firsthand the disturbing "choking game" trend. Currently, Diana teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas. For more information about Diana and her books, visit her online at www.dianalopezbooks.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

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    Important subject, handled well. Great MG read that can appeal to older readers as well.

    I totally related with Windy. Not in the popular crowd, but not really completely on the outside crowd either. On that edge and wanting to change so many things about yourself. I also related with the feeling of doing things I didn't necessarily want to but it sounded cool because a new friend thought it was fun.
    I felt for Nina. She really stood up for Windy and Elena, which warmed me to her, but I could tell that something wasn't quite right with her. I just wondered what was brewing under the surface, and Diana Lopez peeled back her layers slowly. Obviously she has the problem with the choking game, but you have to wonder what her motivations were.
    Elana is the best friend that is awesome. She is so nerdy and that completely appeals to me, as does her loyalty and ability to forgive.
    I also really appreciated the idea of finding yourself and looking for what you love and how to incorporate that into your career. We got to see it with Windy and her relationship with her parents as well as in her own life, working at the nursing home with Mrs. Vargas. By the way, I appreciated so much the well written and close family relationships as well as the presence of Mrs. Vargas, Windy's adopt a granny.
    Diana Lopez writes with fluidity that got me lost in Windy's story and feeling for her as I read about her self discovery and journey into the dangerous. She also handles such a difficult subject with finesse.
    The ending is heartbreaking but a wake up call, and I couldn't really expect much different, although she did surprise me some by the end results.
    Bottom line: Important subject, handled well. Great MG read that can appeal to older readers as well.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    This book was amazing!

    After i finish this book i was sad. I cant belive people do the choking game in real life. This story was wonderful! I love it. But it sad that Nina, a beautiful girl thats great at drumbs and is happy......plays the choking game. She says its safe. But she a finds out... tht its not at all. So thats how u become breath sisters. I dont know what people injoy in this game! I encourage people NOT to play the choking game. It can be very dangerous. U can get brain damage or die from it. Nina in the book almost died from it. She got very bad brain damage and cant walk or talk right. She cant do alot of things she used to be able to do. She needs alot of help know. I just count help thibk how terrible that would be! So please never try te choking game. U can become addicted to it. And can push it so far u can kill ur self. Dont do te choking game!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Wow

    This book is so good i love it so far please dont tell tje ending havent got there yet i a. 11 and ibam reading tjis book so really kids under10 shouldnt read it or they might try the games love the book so much!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Anonymous

    SOOO SAD AT THE END ... almost made me cry

    Everything is good but the end was ad :(

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Perfect

    This is absolutly my new favorite book. It talks about the dangers on being so desperate to fit, the confusion of middle school, and is very moving. I reconmend this book to everyone who is having trouble realizing that they are special

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Comfused

    I am 11 and I totally understand the context and vocabulary being used. I have read a similar book called "perfect" that is just like this. Maybe would like to check out this book if you liked this book because have the same conflict of "fitting in" with the crowd, even though you have to do dangerous things to do it. Personally, I would not do what windy did just to fit in with the cool girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Amaing!!!

    This book is amazing. Definately not for kids under the age of 12! It is action packed and exciting on every page! I would sugget this book to girls ages 12+

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    I have not read this book but I will tell any teen who has that

    I have not read this book but I will tell any teen who has that this is NOT a game! I lost my 13 yr. old daughter to this in 2007.  'Friends' who want to do this with you are NOT friends. It CAN kill you and eventually it WILL kill you! The memory of the night I found my daughter will haunt me forever. She would have been 21 this year. I thank Ms. Lopez for writing this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    Please look

    Can someone lend me this book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Imcredible story

    The story told is in and of itself incredible and bring to life on of th meny things that we have in our modern day societu chosen to neglect. This is teen must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    PayPay

    I love this book it teaches you a lot the end is a tiny bit sad but its the bomb please read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Choke

    This book is very inspering and intresting.If i were to buy this i would. And thank you for letting me read this beloved book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    i highly recommend

    this is such an awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Loved it!

    This book opens yoir eyes ti what people will do to quench their feelings. Its terrible that the choking game is based on a true story but is very informational and easy to understand. A different kind of read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Choking

    WHAT THE HECK IS 'the choking game'??? Somebody PLEASE tell! I AM DYING TO KNOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Anonymous Review

    This is a very good book and it also a got the ge group they were going for tp read it! Most people my age dont enjoy reading, but I do so I recommended this book to my friends and they really liked it, surprisingly! Hopefully you have a second part to this book, I really want to learn more about Windy and Nina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    A good read

    Choke was an excellent story. Although at times it might be a little disturbing there was an excellent plot which was made into an excellent story. I have never read a book about the plot or heard of the plot so it was a very original plot. I loved the story and woukd definetly recomend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Good sample

    I
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    the
    rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Anonymas

    What happened at ending?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Question

    Okai so 1 girl on herr said the end was sad. It looked interesting ( t

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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