by Sasha Dawn


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One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM."

But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man. Since that fateful night, she's been plagued by graphomania—an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie's mind and through her pen don't seem to make sense—until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah's vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she's buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606844762
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sasha Dawn teaches writing at community colleges and offers pro bono writing workshops to local schools. She lives in her native northern Illinois, where she collects tap shoes, fabric swatches, and tales of survival, and she harbors a crush on Thomas Jefferson. Her debut novel, Oblivion, was an Illinois Reads selection and one of the New York Public Library's best books for teens.

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Oblivion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Oblivion is a beautiful yet disjointed story that sucks readers in from the get go. Much like Callie’s mind, pieces of the story are told in fragments and Callie struggles to live in the here and now while dealing with her debilitating graphomania—a compulsion few truly understand. But through all its disjointed glory, the reader begins to experience what Callie truly feels when unable to get her words out, and she struggles throughout the entire story to make sense of it all, focusing on her words and events from the past in order to understand what truly happened that fateful night a year ago. Slowly, the pieces come together, and as they do, readers will find themselves glued to the pages. Both frustrating and intriguing, I could not tear my eyes away, and in the end, the novel left me breathless. Dawn’s debut is absolutely superb, and I adored her characterization. I felt that all the characters were extremely real, and though I’m sure others will disagree, being a teacher I see students from all walks of life, and though I’ve never had any with graphomania, I have had those in similar situations as Callie and her beau, and I think Dawn captures their realities quite vividly in this novel. Truth be told, I never knew graphomania was a reality for some people, and it was intense watching Callie attempt to deal with her compulsions. As a teacher, I feel like I would have responded much as Callie’s teachers in the novel do, and that’s disheartening. While it is true that we don’t truly understand something until we experience it, I hope to now be able to say that, should I ever have a student who suffers from graphomania, I will show compassion. This is a truly haunting story that I loved immensely, and I hope you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First: awesome cover. Second: You can judge this book by said awesome cover. Third: Recommended by School Library Journal and Media Library Journal, Starred by ALA Booklist, "Thoroughly compelling" by Kirkus. Those are some pretty tough reviewers to please, and I don't always agree with their criticism. This time, they were spot on. What works: A page turner, this book kept me guessing, and I couldn't put it down. It's a psychological piece, which requires critical thought from the reader, which might be why some bloggers harped on the length. This book isn't a vacation, after all. It's a labyrinth. I've never had a problem with longer books, but this one doesn't feel as long as it is, despite. The setting is vivid, and it serves as a backdrop to conflict: the church, the cafe, the school…readers can expect to feel the effects of being in these places. The characters are deep and true…and flawed, which signals multi-faceted. The love interests were not a main focus of the tale, but played the role of conduits to progress character development and plot, and they served as illustrations of Callie (the protagonist)'s flawed reasoning. Callie is unreliable as a narrator in that the reader traverses the mystery along with her; she's an ally early on, a hero, and a survivor. What could've improved this book: A little more heat between John and Callie, although the rating is 14+, so I understand why things happened off the page. Dawn does a good job leading the reader via emotion despite this limitation. Why this book stands out: It's psychological, suspenseful, thrilling, romantic, and hopeful all at the same time. It's an emotionally taxing piece, which means you'll run the entire gamut between fear and despair, joy and victory. Its use of graphomania as a clinical condition, instead of a hobby, is intriguing and not at all convenient. It's crisp and different, and in a world saturated with vampires, it's a refreshing kind of thrill.