304p. Wednesday Bks. Mar. 2018. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781250147073.
Awkward twentysomething college graduate Imogene Abney has always lived inside her own head, having no natural inclination towards making friends or being with other people. One of 10 teaching apprentices at an elite boys boarding school in Scarsdale, NY, she doesn't fit in with her coworkers, most of whom are gregarious young women. Nothing comes easily for Imogene, at least before golden boy student Kip, her social opposite in almost every respect: confident, smooth, wealthy, and experienced. Initially, Imogene is surprised that her fascination (from afar) for Kip may actually be requited. As they move forward, she finds the no-holds-barred physicality discombobulating, then briefly liberating, before it turns to agonizing desperation.
VERDICT The disturbingly painful depiction of the struggle to be at home within one's own skin will move teens with its well-written, haunting, and illuminating story of a young woman spinning out of control.

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