Frost

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Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.

What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling ...

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Overview

Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.

What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.

As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House—frames mys-teriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind . . . or in Frost House itself?

Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense from debut author Marianna Baer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two private-school seniors are forced to become roommates in Baer's YA debut, which is chilly in more ways than one. Leena is a pill-popping, college-focused, peer counselor who dislikes arty, erratic Celeste. Leena's plan to room with her best friends in the tiny dorm, Frost House, is spoiled when one friend goes abroad, and Celeste is placed in the first-floor spot with Leena because of a broken leg. Celeste's gorgeous brother David is some compensation, but the "drama" that has always trailed Celeste continues. Weird noises, errant breezes, and a closet that Celeste abhors and Leena finds strangely attractive are the starting point, but it's not long before events spiral out of control. It's meant to be horrifying, but although Baer is a competent writer, the problem is lack of feeling. Leena is more interested in explaining (and numbing) her emotions than in experiencing them, and because it's a first-person narrative, visceral characters like Celeste get little stage time. The haunted "history" of Frost House is hinted at with little detail, and the ending wraps up the plot with an unsatisfying third-hand report. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Baer deftly plays the gray areas between psychological and supernatural thriller…. Give this inexorable thriller to fans of Griffin’s TIGHTER.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Baer deftly plays the gray areas between psychological and supernatural thriller…. Give this inexorable thriller to fans of Griffin’s TIGHTER.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Baer deftly plays the gray areas between psychological and supernatural thriller…. Give this inexorable thriller to fans of Griffin’s TIGHTER."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Baer deftly plays the gray areas between psychological and supernatural thriller…. Give this inexorable thriller to fans of Griffin’s TIGHTER.”
ALA Booklist
“This nuanced blend of psychological suspense and boarding-school drama will tingle the spines of plenty of readers.”
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Leena, a senior at Barcroft Academy, is delighted to be moving into tiny Frost House, an old cottage she discovered in the campus woods, with her two best friends, Abby and Viv. Her excitement is only a little diminished when she learns that she must share her room with disagreeable Celeste, a quirky art major with a broken leg. The girls agree to get along, a pact destroyed almost immediately when Celeste finds her skirt ripped, her vase of flowers broken, and her art projects tossed around. Celeste blames Abby, while Abby blames Leena for Celeste's presence. Meanwhile, Celeste's sexy brother, David, also a senior, often visits to check on his sister. Leena and David quickly discover an attraction that becomes a rocky romance. Leena, a secret pill popper, is strangely attracted to her closet and makes it her special haven. As events unfold, both Celeste and Leena are overwhelmed by something or somone in Frost House that very nearly destroys them. Written with an authentic voice, Frost is a first novel by a children's book illustrator and art history major who lived in a "Frost House" dorm during her boarding school years. While the novel lacks action, the psychological tension and drama between Leena and her friends keep the reader interested. Teen and preteen girls will probably enjoy it most, especially the budding romance between Leena and David. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This suspenseful modern gothic revolves around a haunting presence in Frost House, a Victorian-era single-family house on the campus of Barcroft, a boarding school that has become a surrogate home for Leena Thomas. She is so taken with the place that she begs the Dean of Students to allow her and her friends to share it senior year. However, when campus oddball Celeste breaks her leg, she becomes Leena's not entirely welcome roommate, and problems soon abound. Creepy events start to happen in their room-but only to Celeste, whose family history of mental illness makes Leena wonder whether the drama is a ploy for attention or even an outright breakdown. The same bizarre presence that seems to want to cast out Celeste embraces Leena, luring her to nest in a closet, where she can communicate with her childhood security object, a hollow owl named Cubby in which she stores a variety of pilfered prescription drugs. Even as Leena begins to date Celeste's brother, she turns more and more to the closet and to the drugs to compensate for alienating her dearest friends in the conflict that ensues when Celeste no longer believes that her housemates are tormenting her but that the house itself wants her gone. When cocooned in the closet rumored to have been a sort of cell for the woman who lived there many years before, Leena doesn't need college interviews or boyfriends—just the house. She could stay there forever. That's what it wants. Readers may want a touch more cohesion for the narrative, maybe another layer or two for some characters, but many will gladly turn the pages to soak up its eerie atmosphere.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA
Kirkus Reviews

Boarding school turns from magical to deadly in this debut.

After discovering Frost House, the shabby-chic Victorian hidden on the edge of campus, and convincing the dean to let her and her best friends room in it, Leena returns to start senior year of Barcroft (a quintessential New England prep school) with an unexpected roommate, eccentric Celeste. When not photographing dead beetles, Celeste tries to cover up unexplained events at Frost, from a closet that smells like death to bruises all over her body. Instead of the idyllic year Leena planned, she begins hiding out in her own closet when she sinks into anxiety and experiences her own strange occurrences. After Leena dates Celeste's older brother, David, who took a year off to care for their father, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, the roommates, both vying for David's attention, initiate cat-and-mouse games. It's up to readers to figure out who—or what—is causing all the mental instability in Frost House among the plot twists and turns. Baer has a knack for dialogue and creating creepy situations that will intrigue teens. But because the story line is rather repetitive and drawn out, the surprise ending makes more of a whimper than a bang.

For those fans of Gail Giles and Nancy Werlin who don't mind thrillers with a slower pace. (Thriller. 13 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061799495
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 524,279
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianna Baer received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in art from Oberlin College. She also attended boarding school, where she lived in a tiny dorm called Frost House, which was subsequently torn down. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Frost is her first novel.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    A creepy read!

    I was really looking forward to reading Frost. The cover for the book is amazing, and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read the book. The book was really different from a lot of what I have read so far, and I found it to be quite an interesting read.

    The main character in the book is Leena. It¿s Leena¿s senior year, and all she wants to do is live in Frost House, and focus on her last year at the boarding school, which she¿s attended since freshman year. I found Leena¿s character at the beginning of the book to be very outgoing and caring. She loved to help other people, and seemed to have everything going for her. However, after moving into Frost House, getting a roommate that she didn¿t want, and seeing weird things start to happen, we see Leena become a completely different person. We find that she has some major issues, and we find out exactly why she has these issues.

    There are quite a few secondary characters in the book. Leena¿s roommate, Celeste, definitely had me guessing throughout the book. I didn¿t know what was going on with that girl. Celeste and her brother, David, have a really close relationship, in a way it almost seemed too close. Leena also has two other friends that are roommates in the house with her, Viv and Abby. I really liked Viv, and I liked Abby at the beginning of the book, but not so much at the end.

    The storyline of the book is very eerie. At some points I was a little freaked out. The book is very quick paced; I flew through the book in very little time. I expected a little bit more of a climax at the end of the book, but thought it ended well enough.

    Overall, if you like creepy books, you¿ll like this book. I thought it was a good book; it was quite a different read for me. I¿m really looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

    Happy Reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    Chilling and thrilling

    Frost is a deeply chilling and psychologically thrilling read that will suck readers in and turn their world upside down. Leena Thomas seems like the typical American teenager. She has her group of friends and her extracurriculars, she's independent and friendly and ready to start her senior year. However, as the novel progresses, the cracks begin to show. Subtly at first, but increasingly insistent. Her mistakes seem innocent and humanizing, but they are slowly tearing her life apart.

    Leena's friends are an eclectic group, and not always the most likable people. I would have liked their friendship to play a larger role in the story -- but at the same time, it's important for the plot that Leena becomes increasingly distant. Nothing is as it should be in Frost House, and nothing is as it seems. Surprisingly, Leena begins to develop a relationship with her unwelcome new roommate Celeste and her brother David. Celeste is beguiling, Leena's opposite in almost every way. She's artsy and eccentric, oblivious to social niceties and pretty self-involved. Yet, it's impossible to hate her when no one can quite understand her. She's an intriguing enigma, and readers will vascillate between frustration, fascination and pity for her haunting and inscrutable character.

    The relationship between Leena and David is incredibly well-developed. Instead of meaningless conversation or mere flirtatious banter, the two teens bond over their personal demons -- David's institutionalized father, and Leena's broken home. They have a mutual understanding that connect them on a deeper level than just physical attraction. Yet, as with all other aspects of the novel, something's not quite right. The bizarre bond between David and his sister is disconcerting, and readers are never quite sure what it means. Marianna Baer invites readers to speculate on its true nature, entertaining a whole host of unnerving possibilities.

    Baer is a master of the power of suggestion. Even when nothing is happening, readers are on edge and ill-at-ease. Everything just feels off. The reader is left unsettled almost from page one, waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's impossible to pinpoint exactly when everything begins to unravel, or to tell the difference between real and imagined. The pacing of this novel is crucial, and pitch perfect. The slow downward spiral is so subtle, readers may not even notice it at first -- but it's there, a slow, steady march toward the abyss. By the time they realize what is happening, it's already too late.

    ~Review from thebookishtype[.]blogspot[.]com

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    The Chill Isn't Just in the Air!

    Didn't really know what to expect when I first peeked into lives of Leena and Celeste and the rest of the cast of Frost, but I found myself drawn into their world very quickly. Although life at a boarding school is something I had never experienced, Baer instantly made me feel at home there, even though the old Victorian seemed a little creepy... I was very nervous for Leena when she sneaks away from the party and is in David's and Celeste's parents' bathroom, rummaging through the cabinet she unlocked, looking for drugs. Well, I don't want to give it away, but but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. You must read this. And if you think Baer is going to tie up all the loose ends, just so you can go to sleep the night you finish reading Frost, prepare to be thankful for what you get! This is an excellent novel.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    It just didn't live up to my expectations

    Marianna Baer's debut was a novel I was looking forward to for quite sometime. The cover was dark and compelling. The synopsis caught my interest from the very first lines. So all seemed good... on the outside.

    In the end, disappointment was all I could muster. I struggled to continue on. My need to finish was urged only because I felt I had to - and because the two books I picked up before Frost House were also disappointments.

    I kept turning the pages because I thought things would get better further in. It didn't. The storyline continued onwards in slow-motion. I didn't even notice the climax because everything was just... lacking.

    To top it off, I just couldn't bring myself to connect with the main character, Leena. I did find myself enjoying Celeste, however, an eccentric girl, completely opposite to Leena.

    Despite my feelings for the latest HarperTeen release, I recommend reading other reviews. I know a bunch of people enjoyed this debut, though I'm sad to say I'm not one of them.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Great book!

    I just love it when books mess with my head. Not only does it leave me with wanting more but I am so into the book I can not put it down. I love the idea of a boarding school far away with strange and mysterious things happening! Exciting!

    One thing I enjoyed about this book is the great plot line. It is very filling and very exciting, With every turn of the page, I wanted more. I love that Ms. Baer made it easy for the reader to fall into the book. Her writing is smooth and not confusing at all. I like how easily the reader is able to fall into the book. The way Ms. Baer wrote the book is making you think something else really left me reeling. I love the feeling of being amused by the writer.

    The characters in the book were great as well. Ms. Baer did a great job in capturing the voices of very different teenagers. I like how they didn't sounds the same but each had their own unique stamp. Nothing is repeated so it won't confuse the reader. The love interest in this book is different, yet I still like it. I love the loyalty they had.

    Frost is a great book that messes with your mind. I liked that the writer engulfs the reader in her writing, as well as in the story. It makes you feel the Frost house, the coldness of the room, and the raising of the hair on the back of your neck. Read it!

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Thrilling and complex story involving ghosts and mental illness

    The scary experiences that make the biggest impression on us are the ones that blur the line between reality and what we assume to be unreal. They're the ones that leave us wondering if we really did move the picture and forgot about it, or if that sound we heard was really just the house's normal creaking. They're the ones that won't let us brush them off as coincidences, but make us question whether or not we were thinking rationally at the time. They're the experiences that make us question ourselves just enough that we are unsettled by the fact that we may never know the truth...and maybe don't want to. Marianna Baer has mastered the telling of these experiences. Frost is extremely different from other books. It includes complex characters who may or may not be mentally unstable, who give us no idea which it is. Add to that a house that may or may not be haunted, and some supernatural events, and you have one heck of a scary story. There were times when I really freaked out while reading, and no matter how many times I tried to guess what was going on, I kept guessing wrong. I really don't want to give much away, so I'll just end by saying this is a stand-out book in the ghost story category. The writing is great, the characters make the story, and the ending is jaw-dropping--different from the norm, but I really liked it. -This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever. -I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    A Haunting, Creepy Read!

    From the creepy, ominous opening through the very last lines of the book, Frost is a haunting, thought-provoking read. Author Marianna Baer did a magnificent job of setting the tone. Frost is the perfect "mood book"; obviously can be read anytime, but perfect for a gloomy, rainy day.

    The way Frost is told, with Leena looking back at the events that occured at Frost House, the sense of impending doom is palpable.

    When Frost opens, main character Leena seems like a girl who has her life in order. Determined to make her senior year a success, Leena seems unstoppable. But as the story unfolds, Leena reveals little pieces of her inner self, the broken girl on the inside. Haunted by her roommate, her personal demons or the house itself, Leena is a girl who is slowly unraveling. She becomes isolated from the outside world, taking refuge in Frost House.

    Leena's new roommate Celeste is quirky and exceedingly fragile. But strangely enough, I found Celeste likeable in her genuine nature. Although she may seem odd, her eccentricites made her endearing. The wild card, for me, was David, Celeste's brother and Leena's love interest. He's smart, sweet, handsome and has a deep, abiding love for his family, especially Celeste. But... his attentiveness to his family seemingly goes to unhealthy extremes.

    David and Leena's preoccupation with each other continually veers towards troubling, leaving their motives in question. Could David be behind the scary goings-on at Frost House? Is he trying to terrify Celeste, Leena or both? Or are he and Celeste acting together to "gaslight" Leena. And why? The most looming, troubling question of all: Are all of the dramatic happenings a result of Leena's increasingly fragile mental state? The possibilites left me racking my brain, mulling all the theories behind the mystery of Frost.

    In truth, maybe Frost House is the star of the book. With her words, Baer literally filled each nook and cranny of the home with a spooky quality. The slants of light through a window, the creak of the floor boards, they all served to increase the dread within Leena, and the reader. And the closet. Oh, wow. The closet is best left to be discovered by the reader.

    Frost chilled me to the core. Never overtly scary, this story managed to dig itself into the little (or big) paranoid, panicky part of my brain, leaving me antsy and unsettled. Frost proves that the scariest scenarios are the mind games we play on ourselves.

    Favorite Quotes:

    "We held eyes for a minute. Something had shifted; the connection between us had changed.We had stripped something away, like when you strip away layers of lumpy paint and get down to the smooth, original wood."


    "His smell of coffee and warm boy skin filled my lungs and melted through my limbs."


    * I received Frost from the publisher, Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Hobbitsies Reviews: Awesomely creeptastic

    If I could write just a one word review of Frost by Marianna Baer, it would definitely be CREEPY. Because this book had me shivering and giggling and freaking out at any small noises in my apartment. Granted, I was home alone in the middle of the night.

    There was so much going on during Frost and I couldn't tell if it was paranormal or if Leena was just freaking nuts or both or what! But I certainly had fun guessing. Even if I'm not even sure what the answer was at the end of Frost, I enjoyed the ride.

    Leena was a very strange character to me. Pill-popping, overachiever with a bit of a closet fetish. But I loved her. Even though I thought she was nuts and she'd definitely be the dumb girl in the horror movies who always goes into the house. I liked David a lot - he seemed like a real guy. He was interested in Leena, but still pretty true to the typical high-school boy. And Celeste. She was a handful. Who liked cockroaches way too much.

    Overall, I really enjoyed Frost. I am a big fan of creeptastic books and Frost had it in spades (that's a saying, right?). I literally could not put Frost down - I read it in one day. I had to know what happened next. And even though there were a few lose ends I wish had been tied up, I thought Frost was well done, very creepy, and rollercoaster of WTFness. Do check Frost out if this description sounds like the book for you!

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Just OK - lacked suspense for me

    I was really excited that I got a copy of Frost for review, because I knew it was a psychological thriller that included a possible haunted house. I love suspenseful stories like these. Unfortunately Frost was lacking a bit in suspense and that thrill a reader should get! I think I'll call this book a 'halfway page-turner'.just a 50/50 for me.

    Leena Thomas is just a regular girl, who attends a boarding school and is starting anew with her two best friends and one unexpected roommate. Leena was a dynamic character, whose changing wasn't always necessarily for the better. She struck me as so normal, but as the story continued things got a little crazy.

    The other characters compared to Leena didn't stand out to me. The only other character I enjoyed learning more about was Celeste and I believe this is, because she's the one we're supposed to be figuring out.

    I was also disappointed to find that the ending was lacking something. I'm not sure what, but I just didn't feel anything at the end. Guaranteed it was interesting, but there were no 'OOOHS', 'AAAHS' or anything! I think it could have had a better affect if suspense had been intensified.

    Although the characters and conclusion fell a little flat, Marianna Baer's writing is so true to a teenage girl. Its simple but includes enough emotion and heart that it was easy to connect to each character on individual levels. I have to say one of the best parts of Frost was the writing. Definitely enjoyed it and I'm going to keep my eyes open for more writing from Baer.

    I think the majority of readers will enjoy Frost. It may or may not be on your top list, but I definitely think it is a book most of you should try to pick up!

    Review based on ARC

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Eerie read that I loved!

    Frost is an eerily written story that will have you questioning what you believe even after the story is over. Part romance, part struggle, part haunting, part friendship, part fun, and part crazy, Frost will keep you hanging on to every page making you wish you'd looked into your closet before you started.

    Frost starts off with the beginning of Leena's senior year at Barcroft Academy. Having an "in" with the Dean Leena and her friends are granted an adorable Victorian style house dorm in which Leena feels drawn to. Unfortunately Leena get an unexpected roommate, Celeste Lazar, and the only benefit is that she has an attractive, caring brother named David. The more Leena connects to the Frost house, the more strange things start happening. As Leena and her roommate Celeste start spiraling downward, they hurry to figure out the causes before it's too late.

    I love eerie, creepy stories. I'm not sure why because I hate scary movies hah! But, reading a thriller makes me turn the pages even quicker, I just love that feeling of suspense and Frost has that. Even after the book is over, you're still like 'Wait a second? Is that house.....' and that is a really interesting way to end a book! And as the description says 'Supernatural or Psychological?'... I'm totally going with Supernatural. But, don't let me sway you. Read it and decide for yourself...and I dare you to read it at night. I did... and I'm fine! ;)

    I really liked Leena's character. Yes, I'm fully aware that she kind of has a downward spiral throughout the story, but that being said I think she is such a strong character. Leena has already dealt with so much in her past and she completely depends on herself (among other things). She has best friends, good grades, and a sexy love interest that keep her grounded. Plus she's blonde with glasses which totally reminds me of myself at the moment (since I'm not aloud to wear my contacts right now). Leena is also "Miss Fix-it" which is a strong, unique quality to have in a girl.

    I mentioned a certain sexy love interest which would be... David. With his striking blue eyes, and his protective, caring manners you can't help but love him. I also loved the note in which this romance ends on. Because, all things are not fairy-tales and butterflies. Strong relationships need to be worked on and I loved how Marianna Baer did that with David and Leena.

    Overall fantastic book. I really enjoyed it. Eerie, romantic, and full of surprises. Want chills?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Cave

    A cave a bit up the mountain. The trail stops right in front

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    River

    Frostclan

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF! This book started off so good! It was c

    THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF! This book started off so good! It was creepy and was really interesting! But then..it got off track! I kept waiting for something to happen! But nothing ever happened! Leena never got to really see the ghost and we never got to see the true creepyness because everything happened to Celeste but you never really get to see it! You keep waitin g for soem big thing to happen..but then it just ends! And with the relationship between Leena and David also pissed me off! I wanted them to end up together in a cute romantic way..but they just liek end up together and thats it..nothing special! AND then out of no where Leena is a pill popper!? Like where did that come from! I feel like that randomly got thrown in at the end. It went from her making it seem like she is on prescribed medication but all of a sudden she goes around stealing them from other people?? I don't even know..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Dirt place

    IceClans dirt place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Goldenchat

    She left

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    What I Liked: 1) Interesting idea. Haunted House much? That's se

    What I Liked: 1) Interesting idea. Haunted House much? That's seriously what it seemed like. Frost House, instead of being a setting, was more like another MC in the book, competing with Leena, Celeste and David for my attention. Not only was it written that way, but Leena starts to think of Frost House as a character too, even from the beginning. 2) Spooky. There was a lot of spooky things going on, as should happen in all good ghost stories. This would have been a good book to read around Halloween, because of all the spookiness. 3) This is something I rarely think about when I am reading because I get so sucked into books (seriously, sometimes I think the smoke alarm could go off and I wouldn't know it) but this book has a melody that follows it. It's written almost like music, with crescendos and decrescendos, arpeggios, and intermezzos. The book was very musical. (If that made any sense)

    What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, and I thought about the reason for a long time. It wasn't that they weren't well-developed, because they were. The reason I finally settled on was that they were too contradictory. Their personalities were changing drastically too quickly for me to pin down who they really were. 2) I was also disappointed by the ending. I mean, it worked, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting so much more. It fell a little flat for me.

    Overall Thoughts: The ghost-like haunting of the Frost House made this a really intriguing idea. There is some great action that happens to the characters and seemed to lead up to a really explosive ending. The ending, by contrast, fell a little flat. Miz Baer's writing style was very complimentary to my reading style however, concise and detailed, and I'll look forward to reading whatever she comes up with next.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    The writing here exemplifies what a creepy, atmospheric story should look like.

    Leena Thomas is thrilled to be starting her senior year at boarding. Although she is nervous about what her future away from the close-knit community of her school might look like, Leena is ready for a memorable year in the school's best dorm ever: Frost House.

    Instead of dealing with the ugly, impersonal dorm buildings Leena and her closest friends will have Frost House to themselves; it will be their own little refuge away from the pressures of school and the uncertainty the future holds.

    Then Leena finds out about a surprise change of roommates. Instead of a semester with a room all to herself, Leena has to deal with Celeste Lazar the school's resident eccentric--not to mention the center of her own little drama-filled world. Exactly the kind of thing Leena hoped to avoid by living in Frost House.

    Celeste's presence brings the added bonus of her cute brother David hanging around. But Leena isn't sure a cute guy is enough to make up for her derailed plans, strained friendships, or listening to Celeste's insane talk about a threatening presence in Frost House.

    As Leena struggles to rediscover the refuge she knows Frost House should be, she finds herself gravitating more and more to the closet in her room and the calming presence she feels there. Something is clearly wrong in Frost House but the closer Leena gets to the truth the harder it is to see whether the problem really is a mysterious threat, Celeste herself, or something else entirely in Frost (2011) by Marianna Baer.

    Frost is Baer's first novel. It was also a finalist for the 2011 Cybils in Young Adult Fiction.

    With equal parts thriller and ghost story Frost is a suspense-filled journey through Frost House and Leena's own troubled world. Baer expertly spreads information throughout the story to keep readers guessing as their understanding of both the house and Leena herself constantly change.

    The tension between Leena and Celeste mirrors the tension of the narrative itself as Frost works up to its shocking finish. This tension works well here adding an eerie ambiance to the story with Leena's ominous foreshadowing throughout the narrative and the constant push and pull between the logical and the fantastic in the story.

    While some of the characters are under-developed, Baer more than makes up for it with a fully realized setting that brings Frost House to life on the page. The writing here exemplifies what a creepy, atmospheric story should look like.

    This book is ripe for discussion and open to many interpretations depending on how the story is perceived. The beauty of that, and the best example of Baer's masterful prose, is that every interpretation is correct. Frost is a mysterious, sometimes sinister read guaranteed to hook readers and keep them guessing.

    Possible Pairings: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Liar by Justine Larbalestier, Dark Souls by Paula Morris, Bliss by Lauren Myracle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Haven't read it yet

    The reviews are promising - the 5 stars is just to counteract the douche who left 1 star because they are too cheap to shell out 10 bucks.

    How about next time you pass and just... pass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

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