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Jennifer Thayer went for a run, threw herself down a hill, and then filed a false police report, claiming that she fought off a rapist. Now the police are reassuring and sympathetic, and hardly anyone questions Jennifer's story. Friends and family express their concern, and the press is interested. But Jennifer can't hide from the only person who knows what really happened-herself.

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New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
An ALA Quick Pick

Deep, dark, and moving, this is a model tale of adolescent uneasiness. Kirkus Reviews

Readers will likely be both fascinated and repelled by the intricate web of deception woven by the 16-year-old narrator. Publishers Weekly

As a game, sixteen-year-old Jennifer pretends that she has been attacked by a serial rapist, but then she finds herself getting more attention than she wanted, from the police and her parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Readers will likely be both fascinated and repelled by the intricate web of deception woven by the 16-year-old narrator of this psychological drama," said PW. Ages 14-up. Jan.n Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jackie Hechtkopf
This first person narrative takes us into the emotional world of sixteen-year-old Jennifer Thayer, a girl in the midst of observing her own life. With the emotional detachment of a psychopath, Jennifer describes a carefully planned deception--one in which she appears to have fought off a serial rapist. Soon, fantasy collides with reality as the attention Jennifer receives makes her more and more uncomfortable. Jennifer's father buys her a horse. An old boyfriend returns. Her best friend's parents treat her like a celebrity, suggesting she tell her story to a magazine feature writer. As one lie escalates into another, we feel the cold stone walls surrounding Jennifer's psyche crumble. While Jennifer's actions cannot be condoned even by herself the reader cannot help but root for this troubled teen. In tightly written prose, Cadnum reveals the family dynamics of Jennifer's nouveau riche family and the sibling rivalry destroying her self-esteem. The climax does not present Jennifer's future tied in a pretty bow. We don't find out whether Jennifer survives her suicide attempt to tell the police the truth, but we genuinely hope she does. Teens will find this one a haunting journey.
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As a game, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Thayer reports a crime that never, and claims that she is the victim. She pretends that she was attacked by a serial rapist and reports it to the police. She plans the crime to happen while she is out for a jog, falling into blackberry bushes, making sure to get scrapes and scratches from the bushes to make it look as if she were really attacked. At first, this seems to be a great way to attract the attention she is craving from her family and takes their focus of her sister's wedding. The only problem is that things are going further than Jennifer had expected. Detectives are beginning to dig deeper and pry her for information on her alleged attacker. Jennifer is starting to realize that her plan is not perfect, and her one lie is turning into numerous lies. She may have other people convinced so far, but she knows the real truth and it is eating her up inside. A gripping tale of a criminal investigation and the dark reality that telling a lie may fool others, but there is always one person who knows the truth. Genre: Honesty/Rape 1999, Penguin/Puffin Books, 168 pp., $15.99 and $5.99. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Casie Champlin; Port Orange, Florida
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Jennifer, the younger sister of a gorgeous, talented, soon-to-be-married older sister, tells a premeditated, well-constructed lie that lands her in the police station. Her affluent and well-known parents arrive in formal attire, having been summoned from a party. YAs will relish this story of a sophisticated family submerged in a culture where the kids receive everything but attention. Although the author fails to let the reader know the characters intimately, it may be just a tool to encourage them to use their imaginations. The story line is intriguing as a tale of adolescent uneasiness. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Penguin/Puffin, 168p, 18cm, $5.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Sherri Forgash Ginsberg; Duke School for Children, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-A book about a younger sibling who craves attention while her family is preoccupied with her older sister's wedding. Jennifer, a high school student, claims to have been assaulted while jogging near the U.C. Berkeley campus. Her accusation is credible because a rapist has been active in the area over the past several weeks, so she gets plenty of attention and concern from her parents, her peers, her former boyfriend, the police, the media, etc. And, it makes her feel rotten. At first, only her beautiful, brilliant, self-centered sister, Cassandra, suspects the fabrication. But as the days progress, the police probe deeper, the solicitousness of friends becomes its own kind of torture, and the veneer of perfection that surrounds Jennifer's family wears ever thinner. She is increasingly unable to cope with her deliberate deception and is aware that it hasn't helped her face the realities in her life: her jealousy of Cassandra, her distress over her father's possible extramarital affair, and the distancing she feels from her mother. She attempts suicide, has second thoughts, and finally reaches out to the police detective who has been investigating the alleged crime. Deft characterization and adroit descriptions of setting and motivation raise Cadnum's writing above the commonplace. Readers may not always like the people who populate this book, but they will believe they are real. From the first sentence: "One month before my sister's wedding I did a terrible thing," teens will want to know what comes next.-Miriam Lang Budin, Mt. Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For a girl who is—by most standards—not perceived to be extraordinary, it is not easy living with a family of beautiful people. Jennifer Thayer both envies and resents her gourmet restaurateur/salad-dressing entrepreneur father, her industrial-psychologist mother who seems to care more about her work than about her younger daughter, and especially older sister Cass: lovely, talented, brainy, and preparing for marriage. Desperate for attention, Jennifer fakes an attempted rape, and at first, it works; for once in her life she is at center stage. Soon, however, the detective on the case figures out that something in the girl's story isn't right, and suspects that Jennifer's mother has been abusing her. Caught up in the net of lies, Jennifer has to decide whether or not she can live with a growing sense of shame and guilt. Once again, Cadnum (Heat, 1998, etc.) has dissected the mind of one of society's troubled young people, who has everything on the surface but is desperately trying to fill an unnamed emptiness. Deep, dark, and moving, this is a model tale of adolescent uneasiness set amid the roiling emotions of modern life. (Fiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141310879
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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