Dead End

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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 take matters into their own hands, and quickly find themselves in over their heads. Without any other options, Dru ...

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Overview

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.

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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
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442414303
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 222,222
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 5.08 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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 JasonMyersAuthor.com or follow him on Twitter at @JasonMyersBooks.

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Dru

PEOPLE LOSE THEIR WAY SOMETIMES. MOST OF THE time, they don’t even know until it’s too late and the damage is already done. Me, I never lost my way. Even on the run with Gina, I knew where I was going. I was with her. She was my path. She was my destiny. As long as we were together, the roads were set. It’s all that mattered.

When you’re with someone who makes you feel so good you ache during every moment you’re away from them, it’s impossible to truly get lost and stray from your path. She’s the only one I ever cared about from the exact moment me and Gina decided to make it happen between us.

Her beauty, her smile, her scent, her skin, the way my heart melted with every word she spoke; every time she touched me, even if it was just a slight nudge from her elbow or a quick touch of my hand, it was the greatest fucking thing ever. And, man, to think that some people may go their whole lives without experiencing that kind of love, romance, and intensity, it makes me truly sad. But at least I got it. I got everything from her, Gina King, the prettiest girl in the world. I was just sixteen and she was just seventeen, but my God, she became the pulse that gave me life. Nothing can ever fucking touch that. And nothing could ever be that damn good.

© 2011 Jason Myers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    I purchased this book just two days ago and once I picked it up,

    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. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    This book was amazing.! I couldn't put it down once I started to

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    This book had me locked in to the very end. I could not believe

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Amazing!!!

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Review ruined me reading this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Just Wonderful

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Hmm

    Yeah i like things sugarcoated

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Jason myers writes with passion

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    This book had an amazing plot. it felt like you were with the c

    This book had an amazing plot. it felt like you were with the characters on their journey. one of my top 3 fav books ever!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is an amazing book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Dead End is by far is best novel yet. I though Exit Here was bru

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Simply amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    A great read!

    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.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    I highly recommend this book to every teenager!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    The Dead End

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Broke my heart

    Loved every second though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Brilliant!

    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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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Heartbreaking

    This book broke my heart. It brought me to tears and made me think about life. Jason Myers is extremely realistic. He makes thinks believable and doesn't sugar coat his stories. Praise for another amazing book by him. Can't wait for another.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Hits You Hard

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Well written but very depressing!!!

    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.

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