Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming match, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon is juggling more than his share of drama. Add in a broken heart and the drinking he’s been doing to soothe it, and he’s near the breaking point. In this fast-paced, layered mystery, Charlie spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past friendship that may be responsible for all his current problems. This book captures the tone and style of the best crime fiction while also telling a high-stakes story of peer pressure gone tragically awry.Praise for High and Dry "A dark, well-constructed mystery with a strong voice." Kirkus Reviews "Skilton’s latest covers a tense and complicated week during which Charlie must unravel relationships, desires, lies, and truths in order to clear his name, regain his sense of self, and set his world right again." Booklist "School drama, romance, and mystery make a heady mash-up and an involving quick pick." The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books "With a strong subtext about the dangers of test-driven curriculua, this novel will find an audience in most high schools." School Library Journal
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Skilton is the author of Bruised, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and which Horn Book called “nuanced and honest.” She lives with her husband and their son in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't read many novels from a male's perspective. There's no big reason as to why, I just gravitate more toward a female narrator than a male. When I read the synopsis for High & Dry though I knew I couldn't pass it up - male narrator or no. Sarah brings us immediately into the story. Ellie broke up with Charlie just a few days ago and he is determined to find out why. After showing up drunk to a party, and being kicked out of said party, Charlie wakes up the next day to find out that somebody used his car to drop a fellow student off at the hospital and driving off. Big problem here is that this student had overdosed on LSD. On top of finding out who framed him and why Ellie abruptly broke up with him, Charlie is helping his neighbor/ex-girlfrind Bridget find a flash drive and understand why his friend Ryder is asking him to throw a big match against a rival school. I am a big fan of Charlie. He is a strong character with an equally strong voice. He is definitely a smart individual and is able to figure things out quickly, but at the same time he isn't Sherlock Holmes. This mixture gave him and the story a realistic feel. What I don't like about Charlie is his relationship with Ellie. He treats Ellie as if she is his end all, be all. He already feels as if she is too good for him, but I feel like he is obsessive about getting her back. It's one thing to want to know why, it's another to be in the mind set that everything will work out all sunshine and puppy dogs. Part of me gets it because they're in high school and I've seen high school relationships of this variety, but jaded 27-year-old me was over it from the beginning. High & Dry is a cleverly written realistic mystery with a strong male POV. It's a quick read that will be great for any kid in high school that loves to read and even for those who are a bit more reluctant to read. It's fast paced and Sarah keeps her readers engaged and guessing until the very end.