Gossamer

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Sophia Blithe's seemingly perfect life masks the scars of a past that's left her cold and immune to emotion. She hides it well, and is content to live behind that mask for the rest of her life.

A zoning change a few weeks before the start of her senior year changes all that when Sophia is forced to attend Gossamer High. It's there she meets Dex Sterling, the boy whose eyes haunt her dreams. He's carefree, handsome, cryptic, infuriating, and he knows more about her than he ...

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Overview

Sophia Blithe's seemingly perfect life masks the scars of a past that's left her cold and immune to emotion. She hides it well, and is content to live behind that mask for the rest of her life.

A zoning change a few weeks before the start of her senior year changes all that when Sophia is forced to attend Gossamer High. It's there she meets Dex Sterling, the boy whose eyes haunt her dreams. He's carefree, handsome, cryptic, infuriating, and he knows more about her than he should. He makes Sophia question the feelings she has whenever she's around him and worse, whenever she's not.

Then one fateful night, Sophia makes a decision that changes everything and, in the darkness that hides nothing, learns the dangerous truth about Gossamer, about Dex, and how he knows so much about her. Now she's left to figure out what it is she wants and whatever her decision, it could end up costing her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461074250
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    A great read

    Such a great read, i went thru this 800+ page book in less than a week. S.L's "Grace" series was good and this is even better. I loved how she intertwined real life situations w/ the faery one. A bit different from many YA books i have read and i was very impressed. Love declan n sophia's rltnshp, cant wait till the next book! Def recommend to young n older readers alike ;....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    I am a huge fan of S.L's "Grace" series, so I knew when I purchased this book that I would not be disappointed. Even though there are many fairy books out there, what sets this particular series apart from the others is that you're not bombarded with the supernatural elements. Much of this book deals with issues that many teenage girls (and women) go through on a daily basis which makes the story more real. There are only hints of the fairy world, which I'm guessing will be further addressed in upcoming sequel(s). I also really loved the relationship between Sophia and Dex. I liked the pace of their relationship and the growth in trust between them, as well as Sophia's personal growth. Much of this book is heartbreaking and disturbing, so make sure you have a box of tissues handy. Even though this book is YA and I am definitely not a teen, I still loved it. Good job S.L. and I can't wait for the next book in this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

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    Amazing

    I loved every moment and page of this book. I can not wait for the next book in this series. Do yourself a favor and read this amazing book. :]

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Amazing book

    This was a realy good book i went through it in less then a day. Great storyline. s.l. neaole never fails at writting a good book. I think it is a little bit to short for my reading pace but it was still good. I cant wait for the next book an see how declan sophia and jacksons story unfolds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Nice to meet you DECLAN & SOPHIA!!!!

    Awesome new series and the two main characters are worth getting to know. S.L. Naeole did not let me down and I cant wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    LOVED IT!

    Gossamer by S.L. Naoele captured everything that a great book should. The writing style allowed you to be a complete part of the story, you will cry, you will feel the pain of the main Character Sophia, and you will fall in love. I couldn't put it down and can not wait for the second book in the series to come out.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Interesting and dark

    3.5 out of 5 stars, but rounded up.

    17 yr. old Sophia Jane Blithe is a survivor. From escaping her mentally-ill, homicidal mother to becoming a ward of the state and enduring foster home after foster home, she has learned to keep people at an arms length and to shut down her emotions and desires because people and places are transient and conflict is something best avoided. When she was eleven she was taken in by the Ackerman family and has seemingly found a safe haven. Just before she's about to start her senior year of high school, her family finds out that the school districts have been rezoned and Sophia is now to attend Gossamer "Perfect" High. Things are not perfect at "Perfect" High, however, and Sophia finds herself isolated in school where the students treat her as an outcast and her teachers are somewhat indifferent. The only bright spot is meeting Dex, a boy who treats her with kindness and strangely seems to know everything about her.

    Props to Naeole for Sophia's character. Sophia is an incredibly damaged, complex girl. She has carried the weight of her mother's actions and the stigma of being "The Blithe Baby" her whole life. She believes that somehow that all that's happened to her is her fault and that she deserves the cards she's been dealt. She's of the opinion that she doesn't deserve love, she doesn't think she can even feel love for anyone else; she's just kind of dead inside. Soooo....she's got some serious self-esteem issues going on. That being said, she's not a complete doormat, and the introduction of Dex into her life provides her with an avenue of self discovery. Her dependence on Dex worries me a bit though, and I wish she had come out more self-reliant at the end. However, Sophia and Dex's story is not over yet, so who knows where her character will go in the next few books.

    There are some serious issues going on in this book and situations that, if your teens are reading this book, should be discussed with them. The events and circumstances that Sophia already has endured before the story starts and then does endure through the book are enough to land someone in some serious therapy if not a straight-jacket. The affects of mental illness upon loved ones, willing self-destructiveness, low self-esteem, abusive partners, manipulative authority figures, and situations of sexual violation are just a few.

    The paranormal aspect of this story was surprisingly not as prevalent. In fact, in my opinion, this story could have easily been reworked without it. But as I said, their story isn't over yet, this is just the first act and Naeole has set it up well for the paranormal to become the larger issue in the subsequent novels.

    This story is very different from Naeole's Grace series and that in itself impresses me. Even though I think I prefer the Grace series better, she's created something with Gossamer that's entirely different and personalities that are unique to this story, not just slightly reworked versions of previous characters.

    Verdict: A dark, heavy story and I'm curious to see how Naeole resolves it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Overall the books not bad just slow with barley any page turning events. The main character Sophia is just so depressing never standing up for herself. The paranormal aspect did not even show up till late in story. Probably won't get the next one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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