Dark Song

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Ames Ford has a perfect life—that is, she had a perfect life, until her father is fired and her family has to move from their mansion in Colorado to a slum in Texas. Now her mother won't stop yelling, her father won't stop drinking, and her little sister hides with a pillow over her head to drown out the fighting.

But then Ames meets Marc: Mysterious. Experienced. Rebellious. Gun-obsessed. He loves her more than anything, and he won't let anyone stand in his way where Ames is ...

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Overview

Ames Ford has a perfect life—that is, she had a perfect life, until her father is fired and her family has to move from their mansion in Colorado to a slum in Texas. Now her mother won't stop yelling, her father won't stop drinking, and her little sister hides with a pillow over her head to drown out the fighting.

But then Ames meets Marc: Mysterious. Experienced. Rebellious. Gun-obsessed. He loves her more than anything, and he won't let anyone stand in his way where Ames is concerned—especially her parents. And when was the last time they did anything but ignore, dismiss, or hurt her? Ames must now decide just how far she's willing to go for loyalty, for revenge, and for love and if she's willing to commit the ultimate betrayal against her family.

Gail Giles, acclaimed author of What Happened to Cass McBride? and Shattering Glass, will have you questioning what you'd do at your breaking point.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Ames Ford lives a charmed life in Boulder with her parents and her beloved younger sister, Chrissy. "If Mom weren't a little overcontrolling sometimes--okay, all of the time--our family would've been gag-worthy perfect," she remarks. But Ames's privileged world disintegrates when her father is fired; the family members are ostracized by their wealthy friends; and they are forced to move into a dilapidated apartment in Texas owned by grandparents Ames did not know she had. Lies her parents have told and secrets they have kept bleed out each day, weakening her relationship with them. Then she meets manipulative, thrilling Marc who makes her feel secure despite his violent streak. "Mom and Dad had drained my world of color, but Marc was bringing it back. One little color at a time." Giles (Right Behind You) builds tension as Marc attempts to convince Ames that her parents--and even the world--are against them; readers will wonder if Ames has the strength of character to extricate herself. Ames and the rest of the Ford family's fall from grace makes for breathless, chilling reading. Ages 15–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Ames Ford's life is rapidly falling apart. Her beloved father has been fired from his high-powered job for "borrowing" money from customers' accounts. Her mother is having trouble coping with the humiliation, leaving fifteen-year-old Ames to care for her younger sister, Chrissy. When the Fords have to sell their beautiful home in Boulder and relocate to a filthy rental house in Texas owned by her father's estranged parents, their relationships with one another begin to fray. Upon their arrival at the new house, Marc, an online acquaintance of Ames's best friend, Em, makes an unexpected appearance and offers to help with the much-needed painting and repairs. Ames feels an immediate attraction to the older Marc, who seems to want to protect her. As she gets to know Marc, and finds out about his gun collection, unpredictable temper, and involvement in drugs, alarm bells begin to go off. But not until he suggests that the two of them kill her family and run away to Mexico does Ames decide to betray Marc and warn her parents about the plan. Giles is a gifted writer of suspense. Her imagery sparkles, her character development is flawless, and this page-turner positively crackles with excitement. Giles's portrayal of Ames's gradual loss of faith in her parents and friends is intensely realistic. Ames's attraction to Marc is completely understandable, given the circumstances, but her levelheadedness and underlying love for her family win out in the end. Suspense lovers will savor this fast-paced psychological thriller. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Ames Ford, 15, has a picture-perfect, posh lifestyle and a loving family. Her father has always been their rock, providing a steady income and a comforting embrace. But when he's fired for embezzling from his clients during unstable economic times, everything comes crashing down. Suddenly the Ford household is filled with secrecy and arguments. As the family begins to fall apart, Ames finds herself rebelling against her good-girl image. Shoplifting, smoking marijuana, and sneaking out at night are her obvious cries for help, but they fall on deaf ears with her parents. Hurt and alone, Ames makes friends with 22-year-old Marc, who seems to understand her feelings. He is mysterious, confident, and controlling—and he carries a handgun. Suddenly, Ames is caught in a dangerous conflict in which she actually considers Marc's plan to kill her parents. The descriptions of the family's financial privations will translate for most teens, though what Ames will have to live without may seem overplayed to some. This fast-paced psychological thriller will leave readers disturbed, enthralled, and clamoring for more. Fans of the author's What Happened to Cass McBride? (Little, Brown, 2006) will thoroughly enjoy this chilling account of a good girl gone bad.—Stephanie Malosh, Donoghue Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Kirkus Reviews
The queen of YA thrillers does it again with another gripping page-turner in which love and danger meet. Always the good girl to her rebellious best friend, Ames leads a privileged life in Boulder, Colo., with private school, designer clothes and no responsibilities. It all slams into a wall when her broker dad is fired for scamming from clients and gambles away the rest of the family savings. Feeling angry and betrayed, the teen starts to unleash the "Wild Thing" inside her. The rumpus intensifies when the family is forced to move into a rental home, last used as a drug flophouse, in Texas, and she meets Marc, a mysterious loner who collects guns and wants to protect Ames from any more pain. The initial excitement of her first boyfriend, and a bad boy no less, gives way to doubt and fear when Marc begins to control her actions and asks her to make the ultimate sacrifice. Stock characters and rushed plot fillers will not deter readers' hearts from thumping from the puzzling beginning to the fast-paced conclusion. (Thriller. YA)
Booklist
"In this day of investor fraud, mortgage foreclosures, and overnight wealth-to-poverty news stories, this timely, riveting novel will resonate with readers."
From the Publisher
"Giles is a gifted writer... Her imagery sparkles, her character development is flawless, and this page-turner positively crackles with excitement... Suspense lovers will savor this fast-paced psychological thriller."—VOYA, starred review

"The queen of YA thrillers does it again with another gripping page-turner in which love and danger meet."—Kirkus Reviews

"Ames and the rest of the Ford family's fall from grace makes for breathless, chilling reading."—Publishers Weekly

"This fast-paced psychological thriller will leave readers disturbed, enthralled, and clamoring for more. Fans... will thoroughly enjoy this chilling account of a good girl gone bad."—School Library Journal

"In this day of investor fraud, mortgage foreclosures, and overnight wealth-to-poverty news stories, this timely, riveting novel will resonate with readers."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316068864
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 747,364
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Giles is the acclaimed author of several novels for teens, including Shattering Glass, What Happened to Cass McBride?, and Right Behind You, all of which received numerous starred reviews, state awards, and teen choice selections. She lives in The Woodlands, TX, and you can visit her at www.gailgiles.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Good read!

    This book is twisted and dark but in a good way. I would absolutely recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Not what i expected

    Okay the book was kinda good but.... ugh no words. I was espically annoyed with the ending and i hated her parents and mark was a little crazy...i would suggest reading this but don't expect much from it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Absolutely amazing!

    I read this book in a few hours. Could not put it down. This is definately my favorite Gail Giles book. I definately recomend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    I always wanted to know what was going to happen next...

    After I finished Dark Song, I had mixed feelings. It was dark and edgy, but not as much as I'd liked. Gail introduced a delightful, rich, and happy family in the first couple of chapters. A bond between parents and children that was respected and envied. Despite that, there is always a crack of imperfection behind closed doors, which proved correct in Ames's household. In a blink of an eye, they went from riches to rags. There super dad sold out his family and caused them to move to Texas. Everything she once knew didn't exist anymore. Her parents continually argued and treated the children like crap. I felt like each person in this novel had something wrong with them, except for Ames's little sister, Chrissy. Ames went from being a flawless daughter to a spoiled, lost girl who sought attention from all the wrong places. The father turned into a belligerent, alcoholic and the mother shut down and became a self-centered person who didn't have time to console her kids. They definitely made my family look like saints.

    Ames was an interesting character. I didn't know if I should like or hate her. At times, she was sarcastic and funny while sometimes, I wanted to slap her. On the other hand, Chrissy was the most adorable little girl. She might of been too young to understand, but she was the only sane one. While trying to get their lives straight, Marc a guy from the neighborhood started helping Ames's family out with renovations. This was when my blood started boiling. His aura was shady and dangerous. From carrying guns to violent outbursts, I knew he was bad news. Ames and Marc started hanging out and that's when the story turned for the worst. I didn't really understand Ames anymore and was shocked to see the secrets that unraveled at the end. It left me stunned and horrified. However, I wish Gail would of built their relationship more instead of rushing it. Overall, the plot held my attention throughout and piqued my interest in the characters. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next which was a great quality in Dark Song.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Sara

    This book keept mereading i till it was done...i absolutely loved it ye the guy wa creepy but it wa still cool....really good read in four hours

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    do not do it

    i think its stupid

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Bananas

    Totally insane!!!! this author is an exceptional writer. Shattering Glass is equaly as twisted & mind blowing as this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    2011 Best Reads!

    OK...this is OFFICIALLY the one that will mark me this whole 2011
    Ames...I started identifying with her character A LOT...not that my life came tumbling down like in a second like hers...but sometimes...how she feels...all along the book...took me by surprise and left me breathless since the beginning of the book.
    Ames is the typical girls who has it all...and maybe more than ALL...but didn't know that until she looses all! then comes the big bomb. Her "perfect" family wasn't that perfect after all...she founds herself falling and falling down...sinking on this feelings where there's only her BF Em and her against the world...and later...it seems that's just HER against the world(by world I mean her parents) then OF COURSE! she meets Marc and suddenly everything's not so bad as it seems...she pretty much anchors herself to him...and when there was sadness and loneliness now she got a sort of happiness:S and she's not lonely nor alone anymore...or at least that's what she thinks...but then...when she thought nothing....NOTHING AT ALL COULD GO WORST OR IDK she finds out that she has the life of her whole family on her hands...what she decides from there on...is up to how she feels...since her mom and dad treat her like a servant and even her little sister is starting to notice that Ames might not be so good underneath after all...
    will she answer to the call that this dark song inside of her plays??
    or will she turn her back on the only person that has made her feel safe, loved and most of all IMPORTANT to the world?

    A COMPLETELY MUST READ!! DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T READ THIS BEFORE!! IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF MY TIME...A COMPLETE PIECE OF ART THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WONDERING IF THERE'S A SONG A REALLY DARK SONG OUT THERE FOR YOU TOO...if I could gather all this book in one single picture...I'll definitely have it hanging in my bedroom walls!
    Gail Giles is a genious!
    5/5

    Este libro se hizo inmediatamente uno de mis favoritos, me encanta que Gail abarco uno de los mayores problemas que se viven en las familias actualmente---cuando tu familia y tus amigos pierden la confianza que les tenias. Tienes que encontrar algo o alguien en quien apoyarte y Ames lo encuentra en Marc...cuando te sientes sola es cuando encuentras lo mas oscuro de ti y Ames encontro su cancion oscura en este libro...

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

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    Semi-Recommended.

    I found this book to be a little strange but other than that it was a great read. Maybe if the main character was a little older than she was it probably would have been even better. But I am sure that this book did reflect everything that is happening in real life all over the country.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Not very good at all

    I recived the book DARK SONG in advanced readers copy and i wasn't happy. the book for the the first 100 pages was good but then it took a wierd turn. they moved to texas and the guy mark was very wierd. it was wierd; about him. if the auther would have left him out it would have been better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    This is the first book of Gail's that I have read and I am now hooked! My advice is to make sure you set aside ample time to read the entire book because once you start, you won't stop until every last word is read. Young Adult fans everywhere have to read Dark Song.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

    "It felt dangerous. I found something dark in me that sang. I wanted to listen. Maybe I wanted to sing, too." Fifteen-year-old Ames has been betrayed. Her whole life she has been one of the rich kids, until her father runs her family's life down the drain with his stupidity. Now, her life is spiraling downwards. Her mother is freaking out and taking her worries out on everyone else, and all her father seems to be able to do is drink. The only levelheaded one in the family is Chrissy, who happens to be six years old. They are now living in a hellhole somewhere in Texas, and Ames is constantly being yelled at, worked to the bone, or getting very close to being smacked around by her parents. But in Texas, she also has Marc. Marc is 22 and exactly the type of guy who Ames' friend, Em, would go for. Now that Ames has this different life, she decides she could be dangerous like Em. Right away, Marc says he's going to protect her, that he doesn't like the way she's being treated by her family. When he's at her house one day and says he's got a gun, it excites her. But she doesn't realize the trap that she is quickly being pulled in to. This book was one of those page-turners. I finished it in about a day. The first half focuses on Ames' family falling apart because of her father, and the second part details their new life in Texas and Ames' obsession with being a bad girl. As soon as Marc showed up I got a bad feeling, but of course that was to be expected. I definitely wasn't expecting DARK SONG to end the way it did, but I liked the ending. If you're looking for a fast-paced, drama-filled read, then this is definitely the book for you.

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