Mesmerized

Mesmerized

by David-Matthew Barnes

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Overview

While being punished for writing a controversial article in her high school paper, Serena Albright is befriended by enigmatic loner Brodie Wiles. Serena witnesses the first time that Brodie meets Lance Royal, who is secretly rehearsing to compete in The Showdown, the biggest dance contest of the year. Immediately, Serena is drawn into their world, inspired by the love that she recognizes between them.

Through her close friendship with Brodie and Lance, Serena finds comfort for the grief and guilt she feels over the brutal death of her gay older brother, the victim of a hate crime. Frustrated that her deep-in-denial parents spend endless hours in front of the television and refuse to acknowledge the death of their son, Serena accepts the challenge to have a face-to-face meeting with the boy who killed her brother.

Set in the summer of 1986, this young adult novel explores the emotional aftershocks of a hate crime from the perspective of a young woman who finds renewed hope through two young men who are brave enough to love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012922168
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

David-Matthew Barnes is the author of the young adult novels Mesmerized and Swimming to Chicago, and the literary suspense novel Accidents Never Happen, published by Bold Strokes Books. He wrote and directed the coming-of-age film Frozen Stars, which received worldwide distribution. He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Review Americana, and The Southeast Review. David-Matthew is the national recipient of the 2011 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addtion, he's received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. David-Matthew earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a faculty member at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia where he teaches courses in English, humanities, and speech.

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