Dead End

Dead End

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by Jason Myers

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Dru and Gina are young, in love, and can’t wait to get out of Marshall, Nebraska, a town where bloodline means everything and whoever has the money makes the rules. But all their dreams are shattered when Gina has a monstrous run-in with the son of the richest man in Marshall—an incident that leaves her broken, battered, and violated.

Driven by rage,


Dru and Gina are young, in love, and can’t wait to get out of Marshall, Nebraska, a town where bloodline means everything and whoever has the money makes the rules. But all their dreams are shattered when Gina has a monstrous run-in with the son of the richest man in Marshall—an incident that leaves her broken, battered, and violated.

Driven by rage, Dru and Gina take matters into their own hands, and quickly find themselves in over their heads. Without any other options, Dru and Gina are on the run. But there’s more chasing them than they think, and love might not be enough to save them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Fran Hawk
Dru's father was an alcoholic who died when he drove off a bridge. Dru's brother is incarcerated. At age sixteen, Dru was solely responsible for his sick mother and the running of the household. As a good student and a wrestling champion, he had an excellent chance of leaving Marshall, Nebraska for a better life. Gina's mother had accidentally let her baby brother drown and had left the family. Gina's father had remarried, and was hoping to be elected mayor. Dru and Gina, from almost opposite ends of the social spectrum, are deeply in love. Curtis Alderson is a multimillionaire who runs the town, including the Sheriff's office. When Alderson's reprobate son, Beau, rapes Gina, the action revs up. Dru, crazy with rage, fights Beau. Beau is getting the upper hand when Gina steps in and kills him with a tire iron. Dru and Gina run. The novel is roughly a pornographic version of "Romeo and Juliet." The sex is graphic, the language is un-expurgated. In addition to rape, there is murder, drug use, suicide, and thoroughly depraved characters that thrive. The end is grisly, horrific, romantic or spiritual-depending on your point of view. This dark book is not for the faint hearted or squeamish, and not for anyone under the age of fifteen. Reviewer: Fran Hawk
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Dru Weiben, 16, and Gina King, 17, are in love as evidenced by their passionate sex life, described in raw detail from the first page. Dru comes from a troubled family; his brother is in jail and his drunk father drove off a bridge to his death. But Dru is the star of the wrestling team, and he is determined to be better than the assumptions people make about him. Gina also comes from a struggling family. The Aldersons, the local power family, own half the county in Nebraska and apparently half the law-enforcement officers as well. When the self-indulgent only son of this family rapes Gina and, in a tragic turn of events, ends up dead, the two young lovers go on the run. The corruption in the police force drives readers to believe that there is little hope for them, and eventually they are proven right in this modern tale with a Shakespearean ending. There are some good characters, and the sometimes-brutal passages will attract some readers, but a better choice might be Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry (Walker, 2009).—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

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Dead End

  • THEY STOOD ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER, THEIR EYES locked. The cold winter wind howled, the deep gray sky hovered above them like some cold pillow marked with indentations from arms and fingers and faces and heads folding it over and poking at it.

    She was dressed in a heavy purple coat with a white scarf tied snugly around her gentle neck and a white stocking cap pulled over her long and curly brown hair. Her gorgeous blue eyes blinked once and her tight-pressed lips eased into a small smile. Her cheeks raised an inch as she inhaled the chilled air, inhaled the moisture and the emptiness of the deep land that surrounded them.

    He moved closer to her. He was wearing his green coat that had fur on the collar. His hair was short and brown and it blew halfheartedly in the wind that rushed past and through them. He was already smiling. He was always smiling when he saw her or was about to see her. Shit, it was beyond that. He was always smiling at just the thought of her. His green eyes were big and intense. His face was filled with life. It hadn’t always been like that for him. It never had, actually. Only after him and Gina talked for the first time did his face turn from the emotionless, dry expression he’d had in every picture, every conversation, every second of every day, into the glowing, grinning, stunning expression he had every time her image floated through his brain. Every time he saw her or was about to see her or jerked off to the movie reel of their sex that projected constantly through his head while he laid in his quiet and dying house, trying to fall asleep at night.

    And still looking into her gorgeous eyes, he said, “I wanna leave here with you. Leave Marshall and leave Nebraska forever and go explore the world with you, Gina.”

    “I’d go anywhere with you, Dru,” she said back to him.

    “We could run away right now.”

    “Where would we go?”

    “Anywhere else, baby.”

    He leaned closer to her. He could feel the warmth of her breath. He could smell the Doritos that she’d eaten during sixth-period study hall.

    “What about Cuba?” he continued. “I saw pictures of it in a library book. They have white sand there. We could sleep on the beaches at night and swim in the clear water.”

    “I love that idea.”

    “Then maybe Paris after that,” he said.

    “Why Paris?”

    He shrugged. His smile shifted to the right for a moment before he spoke. “I guess it’s ’cause that’s where two kids in love are supposed to run away to. That’s how it always is in the movies… those old movies I watch late at night when I can’t sleep. I mean, right?”

    “I don’t know.”

    A few strands of hair blew across her face and she brushed them aside.

    “You’re so pretty, Gina.”

    Her cheeks turned pink at the top. “Thank you.”

    “Prettiest girl in the world.”

    “Baby, you’re so sweet to me. Come here.”

    They dissolved the few inches of space between them, and their lips met. They kissed slowly and gently and their tongues slid into each other’s mouths and moved in small circles until they pulled away.

    “What about college?” she asked him.

    “What about it? I’d rather be in Italy hitchhiking with you… you, baby, in some perfect red dress and your hair hanging down your back.”

    “I love you, Dru Weiben.”

    “I love you so much, Gina King.”

    “And I promise to wait next year for you and go anywhere with you.”

    “You really mean that, don’t you?”

    “You know I do. I mean it more than anything. This here, me and you, this is all the life that matters… as long as I have you by my side.”

    They kissed again. As they kissed, there was the sound of an old pickup truck motoring down a gravel road somewhere far off across the fields.

    Four crows landed on the bare branches of a nearby tree. One of them crowed loudly. They both looked briefly at the four birds, and then they turned back to each other and resumed kissing for some time before getting into Dru’s truck and driving away.

    • • •

    She lay naked with her legs spread. Her skin was more dark in the winter than any of the other girls because of the Indian blood she got from her mom. Her mom, whom she hadn’t seen or talked to in years, in forever, in what seemed like some other lifetime ago.

    He was naked and on top of her. He was inside her. They were in his creaky bed fucking. They were in his old house way outside of Marshall. Way off any of the main roads. Dirt roads and gravel and broken fences and dead meadows and dead fields as far as they could see from the drafty window next to his bed.

    They weren’t loud but they were intense. There was sweating and staring and pounding and pulling, and when they were done, they lay on the blankets and he slid his fingers up and down the side of her body.

    The song “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes played on repeat from a CD player on the floor next to the bed. They both loved that song. It was the first song they ever danced to, on a cold and rainy night when they drank hot chocolate and split a peanut butter cookie.

    It was Dru’s idea to keep the song on repeat. He knew it’s what she wanted. He knew how that song made her so happy and how it was like their song, written only for them…

    “This is the first day of my life, swear I was born right in the doorway, I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed, they’re spreading blankets on the beach…”

    Gina rested her head on her arms, her big, round eyes focused on him as he began to speak.

    “I don’t even wanna wrestle tonight,” he said. “I just wanna fuck you and hold you and kiss you till it gets late and you have to go home.”

    “I don’t ever wanna leave this bed,” she said back. “Never, ever, ever.”

    He put his lips against her ear. “Except for white beaches and clear water.”

    “And red dresses in Italy.”

    “Let’s go, then,” he whispered.

    “Okay,” she whispered back.

  • Meet the Author

    Jason Myers is the author of five teen novels, including his debut, Exit Here., which became a cult classic. He lives in San Francisco, California. Find him online at or follow him on Twitter at @JasonMyersBooks.

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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I purchased this book just two days ago and once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. The story is full of suspense as many others say and it's not one of those books that drag on forever. At first , I did not think I would like the book for how graphic it was, but with the plot tied in, the graphics were needed and the story was great. Although  the ending was more of a plot twist than not, Myers still did an excellent job of keeping that love between Dru and Gina alive. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would be able mature enough to handle a little sexual content. Great book overall. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was amazing.! I couldn't put it down once I started to read it. Definitely worth reading. I like how the author had a raw writing style and kept the story full of suspense.
    Nely More than 1 year ago
    This book had me locked in to the very end. I could not believe the love between Gina and Dru, and the ending.. that just ripped my heart out and threw it on the floor. It was so unexpected and i heard myself saying "no, no, no wake up wake up" Dru's devotion to being with Gina forever was absolutely heart breaking. Loved this book, one of my top favorites of all time.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved this book! It was so emotional and heart-wrenching. It was a book that made you feel like you were part of the story. I kept saying "Oh no. Oh no. Oh no." I was really into this book. Very descriptive. I would not recommend for people under 15...maybe 14. But it is shocking to read when you are 13...
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    I almost bought this book until I read the ending on a review on here!! Spoiler alert warnings are very useful!!
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    The writing style is raw and honest. I like writers who aren't afraid to take risks and afraid of people being offended. There is a lot of tough stuff in this novel and tough language while being beautiful at the same time. Loved it.
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    I have no doubt that this book will amazing as the rset of his books are. He is devoted to painting a picture for his readers and that he does.
    estefaniaV More than 1 year ago
    This is an amazing book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm a huge fan of Jason Myers and if you have read his other books, this one is a bit more sad than the others, but just as entertaining and well written as the rest. Give this book a try because you won't be sorry! I read this book on my nook color everywhere on the bus, subway etc coming out of high school. trust me BUY THIS BOOK!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Dead End is by far is best novel yet. I though Exit Here was brutal but to tell you all the truth Dead End tops it. With great descriptions, to you feeling that they can make it, the book leaves you shocked and saddened. Another well done novel by Jason Myers.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not only does this book suck you in, but it really makes you feel like you can help them. Jason did an amazing job on this. I recommend this book not only for how amazing the storyline is but how you can relate to the need of having something for forever.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I picked up this book while browsing at Barnes and Noble (haha) and just by reading the back I could predict what the plot of the story was but I bought it anyway because I wanted to see who was following them. Turns out I was right about what happens but I was shocked at the ending. I wasn't expecting it. I loved the way this book was written! The whole time I read this book I kept saying, "Oh my god! Oh my god!" I couldn't put it down! Definitely worth the read.
    Hellloostephh More than 1 year ago
    this book was an amazing book it has full details which really got me to stay in the book, it was an unfolding story it kept me turning the pages.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    One of the best books written by a man that has a point of view from the couple. One from the girl and another from the man and the girls boyfriend.
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    Loved every second though
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is a must read! It makes you look at life differently, and it brings you to reality. Not to spoil anything, but the whole book is heartbreaking. I must say it is a very good book. Jason Myers is a wonderful author.
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    this book is by far one of the best i have read so far. not going to spoil anything, but it is a masterpiece - raw, gritty, emotional, and very much close to reality. highly recommend.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Honestly I found this book to be very sad and depressing!! I loved Jason Myers other books and I read the whole book on a long plane ride. I pre ordered it and was excited for another one of his books but I was dissappointed, the book was just depressing. It is still a well written book with a good but grafic story line but I wouldn't reread or recommend it to a friend.