McNeal, Laura & Tom. Crushed.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

McNEAL, Laura & Tom. Crushed. Random House, Knopf. 292p. c2006. 0-375-83105-3. $15.95. JS

This is the third book with a one-word title the McNeal writing partnership has published; the others are Crooked and Zipped. Like the others, this one involves a rather large cast of characters in a convoluted plot--a plot that defies easy summary.

The setting is a public high school in New York State, where three girlfriends are entering junior year, trying to adjust after attending a small private school. They feel completely alienated and stay together for comfort. Everything changes when a new guy transfers in from the South and turns on the Southern charm to entice Audrey to try things she would have never considered before: cheating and lying, to name two. Class is an issue--who has what is on the minds of most of the characters. One of the local students, Clyde, is a quiet loner nicknamed "The Mummy"...

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