Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are
presented in the poems of four unforgettable high school students:
Natalie, Kyle, Tricia, Miguel. Their stories unfold in this
explosive new book told in free verse. A story of teen angst like
no other, it is based on fictional characters but is rooted in the
realities of the teen experience.
When Natalie moves to a new high school she befriends three
unwitting victims into her spider-web of manipulations, lies and
deceit. Through the poetry and assignments of an English class we
glimpse the world of the four teens. Natalie, whose alcoholic
parents, years of neglect and ultimate rape by her father's friend
has shaped her into a cruel and manipulative teen; Tricia, dealing
with her blended family, is drawn into Natalies' forbidden world of
partying and rebellion; Kyle, a would-be musician is in love with
Tricia and Miguel who lusts for Natalie while hiding the secrets of
The story weaves us through their poetry, their lives and
culminates at a party where the four lives fishtail out of control.
English class will never be the same.