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.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
About the Author
Emily Woo Zeller's multilingual, multicultural framework led to a natural fit as an audiobook narrator. While she specializes in Asian American narratives, Emily's work spans a broad spectrum, including young adult fiction. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Gulp by Mary Roach.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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!