Ms. Dessen's website: Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curlyHere's a super short blurb from
hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out.
This was my first time reading a Sarah Dessen novel. I really liked this one and have a couple more on my list soon. In the beginning you really feel for Caitlin, her sister taking off and on her birthday nonetheless. Then she meets Rogerson. Things seem to be going so well. Well, except for the fact that he never really takes her anywhere and she's becoming always going on his 'appointments' with him...and now she's smoking tons of pot. She is trying to find her way, a unique path apart from her older sister, whose shadow she's been living in for so long. She thinks she's on the right path. Then Rogerson hits her! Things only get worse from there.
It was so draining to watch Caitlin spiral down the rabbit hole. I think the fact that Ms. Dessen makes you feel as though you're being emotionally pulled down with Caitlin is a plus. We get to experience all this right along with her.
You pray for someone to see the hideousness that is happening. It's a long time before they actually do and it's only because they are slammed in the face with it all. I think this is a great read for teenage girls. I hope they all have enough self confidence to say no to the Rogersons of this world and to tell someone what's happening to them. I'm giving this one 3 1/2 kisses!