Would you rather be dead and know it, or alive and not know it? Scilla Davis is haunted by a horrible accident that she was involved in last summera drunken, reckless joyride that ended in tragedy. With a big trial looming, life seems empty, unreal, and utterly hopeless. It’s especially painful watching her best friend, Willow, slowly destroy herself with pills and booze. Yet Scilla can’t seem to wrest Willowor herselffrom a path of self-destruction. But there might be a possible escape from this nightmare. As a dangerous new drug called Ferocity sweeps the nation, an FBI agent asks Scilla to turn narc and help locate the Ferocity kingpin. In exchange, she could avoid conviction for her role in the accident. All she has to do is deceive and betray people she’s known all her life . . .
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
A former children's librarian and newspaper editor, Alissa Grosso is the author of the young adult novels Popular and Ferocity Summer. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and currently works as a sales consultant for a book distributor. Grosso grew up in New Jersey, where she graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University. She now lives in the Philadelphia area.
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When I picked up FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso, I was not expecting such a twisty, turny action-packed book. I knew that the book dealt with a few unsavory things that are all too real to many teens: a rough home life, a best friend with an alcohol problem, the huge divide between working and upper class, and drugs. Specifically the fictional-but-could-be-ripped-from-the-headlines drug called Ferocity.So as not to spoil you, I'm going to give you a wee list of fun other things that make what could have been a simple issues book into a pseudo heist thriller:1. The BFF's older brother who may or may not be the main character, Scilla's, honey. Sometimes.2. Said older brother may or may not be involved in some illegal dealings with illegal substances.3. Someone has been going town to town robbing convenience stores. 4. Road trip.5. An FBI agent with horrible fashion sense.6. That older brother's ex-college-room mate who knows things. And hates the government. But likes Scilla.7. And then there's that whole Scilla and her BFF might have killed someone by accident thing.So that's the deal. And it's all told in tight, unflinching prose that made the book not only compulsively readable and emotionally gripping, but also a literary delight. FEROCITY SUMMER takes teen issues and ups the stakes. Sort of like Laurie Halse Anderson's WINTER GIRLS meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, minus the supernatural. And the scariest part? It could probably happen in your town
Scilla is the perfect protagonist for this book as she is so easy to relate to. Teens likely will have either experienced first-hand or heard of events like the ones that happened to Scilla in the novel. She can be hard-headed and ridiculous as a character at times, but overall she is representative of the typical female teen. She is faced with several hard choices in this book, choices that include drinking and drugs. The reader will be side by side with her in the story, it is told from her perspective (first person). Perhaps because the book is written in first person or because Scilla is so easy to relate to that the reader will find it easy to connect to Scilla's character, even when Scilla makes it difficult to like her. Scilla is a tad annoying in the story. Her character is rude and aggressive towards others, at times, and she has a few confusing romantic feelings. Her character can be gritty just like the storyline, but somehow it all works. The other characters could be the readers' friends or people the reader knows. They tie in quite well to the story. The plot itself was slightly unbelievable at times, but mostly retained a remarkable sense of realism. This book is heavily driven by the plot, the reader will find that the book is fast-paced and hard to put down. The Goodreads summary above does a terrific job of summing the book up without giving too much away. Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.