“Students loved the fast pace of the story line, the realistic language, the very shocking narrative, the terrific use of colloquial language and also the great use of phone conversations.
The questions at end of chapters really hook the students in to continue reading and the dual narrative is great way of exploring the different perspectives. Both lead characters are very strong: very well drawn and sympathetically written.
”The students were able to make a very personal response. They were able to talk about different views on traditional upbringings. The ending caused the group to discuss, at the tops of their voices, what they would have done in that situation.”
”The content provides a fantastic opportunity to explore diversity in society and also question stereotypes. I would also be tempted to use this text as an introduction to 'Romeo and Juliet’, to introduce the concept of a secret relationships and a family being against a relationship, and to explore the relevance of Shakespeare.”
”'This is a good story with a bit of edge and a very interesting dilemma. The students liked the aggressive, confrontational dialogue in places. Very good illustrations: moody and street. The best book in the series.”