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Playing in Traffic

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by Gail Giles
     
 

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Skye clearly has a dangerous agenda, but how can Matt resist the mystery and drama she trails in her Goth wake? She promises a way out of his dreary existence-but at what price?

Why has multi-pierced, multi-tattooed Skye Colby, the sexy and weird Goth Girl, singled out Matt, an almost invisible nobody, for special attention? This gripping page-turner will propel

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Skye clearly has a dangerous agenda, but how can Matt resist the mystery and drama she trails in her Goth wake? She promises a way out of his dreary existence-but at what price?

Why has multi-pierced, multi-tattooed Skye Colby, the sexy and weird Goth Girl, singled out Matt, an almost invisible nobody, for special attention? This gripping page-turner will propel you from one shocking revelation to the next-right to the astonishing ending.

Editorial Reviews

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Readers will find themselves racing to the finish."
Publishers Weekly

"Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective."
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Matt, 17, gets involved with the class "Gothgirl," who is anything but, in what PW called a "suspenseful, psychologically gripping novel. Readers will find themselves racing to the finish." Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Matt Lathrop, a quintessential, self-described seventeen-year-old "nobody" who can be found in any high school, cannot figure out why the sexy, unstable Gothgirl Skye Colby has made him the target of her attention. That she only wants to be with him when no one else is around makes him suspicious, but he allows himself to be drawn into her games anyway. He fails to realize the dangerous reason for her actions until it is almost too late, when disaster threatens to affect not only him but also his innocent younger sister, Katy, to whom he is very close. He has also been keeping a secret from Katy, a secret that, once revealed, threatens to change their relationship forever. The violent ending shocks yet is a logical outcome for a seeming no-way-out problem. Written by the award-winning author of Shattering Glass, this psychological thriller keeps readers guessing and does not let them look away at the end. An intense read, the book is not for everyone but its gripping narrative keeps readers turning the pages. 2004, A Deborah Brodie Book/Roaring Brook Press, Ages 15 up.
—Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Weird Goth-girl Skye has singled out Matt for attention. He's not sure why, since he's always tried his best to remain anonymous. He agrees to meet with her secretly and likes the excitement she adds to his life. When Skye claims that her stepfather abuses her and that her stepsister suffers from Down's syndrome, Matt feels compelled to "save" her. When another student warns him that Skye is not what she seems, Matt notices inconsistencies in her version of events and begins to question why she lures him to her parents' beach house for intimacy. The characterization and teen dialogue are mostly on target, with the exception of the remarkable maturity of Matt's 13-year-old sister. His self-questioning and paralysis when under stress will sound familiar to teens but the conclusion is disappointing. There are way too many loose ends, and Skye's sinister over-the-top demands detract from the character study of a quiet young man and a deeply disturbed girl.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An intelligent, mature, but repressed high-school senior puts himself into increasing danger through his romance with a disturbed girl in this realistic and hard-hitting story. Matt deliberately fades into the background socially, looking forward only to college when Skye, a girl in the Goth culture complete with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, chooses him for herself. With family problems of his own, enticed by the lure of excitement and especially of sex, Matt finds Skye impossible to resist, although he eventually realizes that she's only using him in her attempt to commit a terrible crime. Written in short segments that will appeal to reluctant readers, this in-depth exploration of adolescent psychology highlights the real danger often involved in alternative lifestyles. Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416909262
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Read an Excerpt

"I was the ghost of school corridors.

Skye was the devil.

And I was doomed from the day she spoke to me."

Meet the Author

Gail Giles is the author of Shattering Glass, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, YALSA Quick Pick, and Book Sense 76 selection, as well as Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, a Book Sense 76 selection.

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