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VOYAAfter sixteen years of being abused and neglected by his mother-who made him strangle a puppy-a young man leaves his isolated home in the woods to make his way in the world. Unlike other young men, however, he is a shape-shifting doppelganger, destined to stalk and kill humans, taking over his victim's lives until holding the form becomes too painful. As hard as he tries to resist his natural urges, he ends up killing a drunk, belligerent high school football player, Chris Parker. He falls in love with the rhythms and people of Chris's life, including his girlfriend, Amber, as he tries to fix the things that Chris never got the chance to fix. As his new life and his old life collide, "Chris" must decide if he can give up everyone he has come to love in order to protect them. This brooding story of literally stepping into someone else's shoes combines romance, horror, and angst to create a distinctive story of redemption. The abusive relationships in Chris's family are portrayed with realism and sensitivity. Although the novel has moments that require a certain suspension of disbelief and the final conflict seems rushed, the novel is an enjoyable read that should greatly appeal to fans of the supernatural and is recommended for public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, HarperCollins, 272p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.