Slow Dance in Purgatory

Slow Dance in Purgatory

by Amy Harmon

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The hallways are empty, the school day long over, the din of lockers and youthful laughter have dissolved into silence. It's as if the very walls are waiting. And then through the intercom a song starts to crackle, the soundtrack of a forgotten life. And the band begins to sing - "Lovely Maggie falls for Johnny, a boy no one else can see. Heartthrob Johnny, 50s bad boy, trapped for eternity. Lonely boy and lonely girl, unsolved mystery. Maggie and Johnny, only highschool sweethearts, because Johnny can't ever leave. Do wop, Do wop....."

In 1958, a rumble goes down outside the brand new high school in Honeyville, Texas. Chaos ensues, a life is lost, and Johnny Kinross disappears. But in 2010, someone finds him. Orphaned at the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie O'Bannon finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time as a school janitor, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old tragedy where nothing is as it seems and the boy of her dreams might vanish when the bell rings.

This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another person she is destined to lose. Secret love and hushed affection are threatened by outside forces, resulting in a desperate race to keep a secret no one would understand. Deeply romantic, funny and tender, Slow Dance in Purgatory captures the heartache of a love story where a happy ending might be decades too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475043808
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,128,185
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Harmon is a former teacher and mother of four. Her love of young adult literature has inspired her writing. Growing up with no television in the middle of wheat fields gave her plenty of time to read and write. She has authored two novels and has just released "Prom Night in Purgatory," the sequel to "Slow Dance in Purgatory."

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Slow Dance in Purgatory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hootonhh More than 1 year ago
Maggie and Johnny may seem like your typical first love story. They find in one another a soul mate, someone they never though would be able to understand them or accept them for who they REALLY are. The only problem with that, Johnny Kinross is for lack of better word, a ghost. After a terrible accident back in 1958 causes Johnny to disappear life seems to go on without him, that is until he meets Maggie, a shy new girl who loves to dance. When Maggie can see Johnny after 50 years of being invisible, their story only just begins to unfold... I adored this book. I felt as though from the beginning it got right into the action. Often times I feel like books take the first 40 or so pages to get into the story, but this one seemed to take off right from the beginning. The ending was perfect too. I can't wait to see what happens next. I felt like the characters were well written and likable. I loved reading Johnny's reactions to things that were in the modern day and Maggie's reactions to his vocabulary. There are so many questions I still have that I can't wait to see if they will be answered in the next book. This was a fun and fast read. I highly recommend it to anyone. In a time of books where there is little left to the imagination, it was nice to see a sort of innocence of first love brought back. Amy Harmon is a great writer and I hope she continues to write more books like this one. Great twist on the typical YA paranormal romance. Great Job
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — OK, first thing you should know about me is that I’m a scared crier…meaning tears fall out of my eyes uncontrollably (b/c it’s not normal crying) when I get scared. And this book is NOT scary people. I mean, there are suspenseful bits, sure. But apparently just the concept of ghosts scares the crap out of me. I started this book at 1am while my husband is away on business, and you better believe I freaked myself out. I don’t know why I said first thing, that was more just an aside because it amused me. This book really did suck me in despite scaring me…and I think I was scared because the atmosphere surrounding the school and Johnny was described so well. The way the story was laid out was really interesting as well — there were 2 or 3 glimpses into the past near the beginning to help us understand what happened, but mostly it was set in the present. And we also got quite a few POVs. Now, that’s not always my favourite, but in this case the bits we saw from other people felt right for the plot. However, there were a few times with just Maggie and Johnny where I felt like the POV changed without a clear break (like sometimes maybe even in a paragraph) and that’s a pet peeve of mine. It’s not incorrect at all, I believe this is a case of 3rd person omniscient…but I guess I’m just not as big a fan of that, and it’s not what I’m used to reading so it feels wrong to me even when it isn’t. I loved Maggie, even as she frustrated me. She was so vulnerable and desperate for love that would stay, my heart broke for how hard she worked to not be a bother to Aunt Irene. I totally understood her connection with Johnny, and truly felt their chemistry…I didn’t doubt the love she developed, but I was just as concerned about her lack of awareness of the untenable situation that was their relationship. At times it felt like she did become obsessed. I understood why, I just wanted more for her, you know? I appreciated the little detail about her having dyslexia, and how becoming a foster kid kind of let that fall through the cracks so that no one noticed or helped. Johnny totally got to me too…honestly, I wouldn’t have minded being in his head even more. He was such an interesting character because he was this popular kid when he was alive, but then he had 50+ years of loneliness to shape him into someone…more I guess. I felt for him and what that kind of isolation must have done to him. I understood his connection with Maggie, and I appreciated that he tried to do the right thing, but found that hard to maintain. I adored Gus and Aunt Irene…they were a wonderful pseudo-family for Maggie, and I loved that Maggie automatically had someone who believed her in Gus. Shad was a mixed bag for me…he was written so perfectly, this lonely, awkward, 14 year old boy just trying to survive high school. I would get annoyed with his crush on Maggie, but it was so perfectly realistic for a kid his age. He was hilarious and annoying and my heart ached for what he was going through. I’m super interested to see what happens next. I wouldn’t call that a cliffhanger ending, but I was also glad I could just buy the next book and get answers right away. There were so many little tidbits of plot that felt like hints, and I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.
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MamaEm More than 1 year ago
This book is addicting!!! Easy and a fun read! I love that the story got right into the "action". I'm glad it ended the way it did too. I can't wait for the second one to come out!