Giles, Gail Dark Song, 292 pgs. Little Brown, 2010. Language - PG-13 (22 swears, 1 "f"); Sexual Content - R (15-year-old Ames has sex repeatedly with a 22-year-old-man, though not descriptive); Violence - PG-13. Ames has it all--great friends, wealthy parents, nice house and pretty much anything she wants. Her parents are supportive of her and her younger sister, Chrissy. They have meals together and talk with each other often. Then Ames' father loses his job. Mary realizes that the parents she thought were perfect have secrets that are tearing her life apart. When they lose their home hom and are forced to move to Texas, Ames meets an older man and begins a dangerous relationship with him.
This is a really well written book. Ames' development as a character is realistic and the decisions she makes make sense given the context. Yet the plot didn't appeal to me very much. And her parent's motivations didn't make sense to me. I'd skip this title.
HS - OPTIONAL Reviewer: Rebekah, public librarian