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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Complicated teen boy learns to feel again in edgy tale.

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SWAY is a great fit for sophisticated teens. Though it's filled with all sorts of crazy storylines that may initially draw in readers -- Jesse sells drugs at parties and clubs and can use his "sway" to get a cool DJ to come to a school fundraiser -- the protagonist's evolution is carefully constructed, and it's what ultimately makes this such a satisfying book.

Even though Jess often makes poor choices, he's a tragic character and readers will empathize with his sad past and depressing present living with an alcoholic and mostly absent father. Jesse's initial descriptions of Bridget are a bit cheesy ("she shone gold, warmth and light radiating from her like she was an angel backlit by the heavens"), but the chemistry between them is convincing, as is his journey to being someone willing and able to once again connect with people he cares about.

Book Details

  • Author: Kat Spears
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Publication date: September 16, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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