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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.
This book is told from 3 points of view, Deenie, Eli (Deenie’s brother) and Tom, (Deenie’s father.) As mentioned in the synopsis, the book is about about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire.
Right from the start, I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy this writing. It was too messy for me with all the way that the author switch from one point of view to the next, most of the time without clear any indication. Sometimes the POV was switched too abruptly with was extremely annoying.
I’m going to be a little honest here. After reading about half of the book, I came to a conclusion that I totally didn’t have a clue with the heck this book was about. So yes, I knew that those girls were having some sort of weird virus going on with them. However, there was not much explanation, and the one given was vague. Later on, though, when everything was revealed, it still didn’t rock my world.
I wasn’t comfortable with all the sex stuff being mentioned in the book. It was weird and creepy when the father and the brother thought about Deenie having “sexual debut.” I know it wasn’t that strange, but it still felt kind of weird reading about it.
It was my first time reading a book by this author. I wasn’t thrilled by the writing and the story line. Overall, it was not that exciting to read.