Fault Line: A Novel

Fault Line: A Novel

by Janet Tashjian
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Fault Line: A Novel by Janet Tashjian

A hard-hitting novel that breaks open the gritty world of teen relationship abuse, by the author of The Gospel According to Larry

"Unlike Abby, I hadn't had a boyfriend since Peter last year, and even that was stretching the definition of boyfriend way past anything Webster would recognize. I had better luck holding the attention of a roomful of people in a comedy club than a guy-I couldn't decide if that was good or just plain pathetic."

Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin-smart, funny, ambitious-aspires to be a stand-up comic. While setting out to make her goal a reality, she meets Kip Costello, a rising star in the San Francisco comedy-club scene. And what could be better than an intense boyfriend who cares about every detail of her life? But Becky soon discovers a darker side to Kip, where emotional and physical abuse grow hand-in-hand. As the relationship goes from loving to controlling, Becky must find the courage to get help before it's too late.

In this powerful novel, Janet Tashjian tackles the difficult and complex subject of teen relationship abuse from the viewpoints of both the victim and the perpetrator, showing that there are no easy answers for either-but many brave survivors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466822870
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 209 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Multiple Choice and My Life as a Book. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.


Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'





Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.



You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.

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Fault Line 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stand up comedy is usually not a hobby that comes to mind when you're thinking about high school students. The first things that I usually consider as high school hobbies are things like sports, video games, or music. However Janet Tashjian brings to life a story of two high school comedians, Becky and Kip, in a love-at-first-sight relationship that turns for the worst in Fault Line (Henry Holt and Company; New York, NY; 2003). Tashjian does an outstanding job of bringing the sensitive subject of abuse, both mental and physical, into an entertaining novel for teens. Becky and her best friend, Abby, live everyday for comedy and perform at their local comedy club in San Francisco. One night they meet a "new guy" who catches both their attention. Even though Abby is always the one who has boyfriends, Kip falls for Becky. They hit it off immediately and were eventually inseparable. After dating for a couple months, Becky catches herself tip-toeing on egg shells so she wouldn't upset Kip. He suddenly got really possessive and was making all of her decisions whether it was for her comedy acts or school projects. She had to think twice about what she said and did around him. Despite her friend's and family's warnings about Kip's behavior, Becky ignores it because she thought their happy moments outweighed the bad. She tried show them how in love her and Kip really were. One day it got too far and Kip was mad she was leaving. As she was walking out the door to avoid another fight, he reached around and grabbed her braid and pulled her to the floor. He was very apologetic and was genuinely sorry because he even wrote how bad he felt in his journal. Unfortunately this was just the beginning of the physical abuse. Tashjian captures the emotions and the feelings of the characters. She easily depicts the trials of an abusive relationship from the first step as denial to the last step of finally getting out. Each character has very distinct characteristics. Becky's mother is a controlling lawyer with a tender spot for her children and her father is a practiced chef who relates everything in his life to food. Fault Line is an enjoyable novel that entertains and informs readers how to read the signs of an abusive relationship. Even though book is directed to a teen audience, it would be a good read for any one at any age. Tashjian captures the reader's attention and keeps it to the very last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fault line is a must read book.I really enjoyed reading it. In the book a girl named Becky Martin finds herself in a choice between her new boyfriend who has started to become controlling and her long time dream of becoming a comiedian. This book caught my attention because of it's true to reality story line. Everyday there is another person being abused and the person may never tell anyone what is happening to them, just like Becky in the story. Luckily she had a great friend you stuck by her even through her difficult times. If you read reality, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, Fault line, is a wonderfully descriptive book about abusive relationships. When I first picked up this book, I didn¿t know what to think and as I started to read it I was skeptical. But, deeper and deeper I got into the book, the more I wanted to keep reading. The main character, Becky, becomes a victim of an abusive relationship. The warning signs didn¿t phase her. She thought she was in ¿love.¿ The thing that I liked about this novel is that you saw a perspective from both sides of the relationship. You read excerpts from Becky¿s journal and her boyfriend, Kip¿s. If you are in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship I would suggest you read this book. It showed me that even though somebody may ¿love¿ you back, it doesn¿t mean they have the right to physically, mentally, or verbally abuse you. Also, I picked up some warning signs that I could look out for if I am ever wondering that a relationship could possibly be abusive. If you have been a victim or are currently enduring an abusive relationship, read this book. I KNOW that you¿ll be able to relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was very good. i read the whole thing in one night...just sat in my bed and read the whole thing. I recomend it...its great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really good book.... it teaches about abuse and that you shouldnt stay in that type of situation.... i liked how it had both point of views... it helped you understand the story a lot better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good lesson for some. it talks about abuse physically and mentally. it might seem like love when you first meet someone until you really know that someone. but by then it might be to like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, it shows that things like this do really happen...What would you do in that situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Gospel According to Larry was one of the most poignant books I 've ever read. Fault line is wonderfully written, from both points of view in the abusive relationship, Janet Tashjian works her magic and definately doesn't disappoint.