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Guilt Trip by Anne Cassidy

Guilt Trip by Anne Cassidy. Pub. Scholastic, 2010

There is nothing better than a good Psychological drama with a chilling ending to help pass a miserable winters day and  this novel for young Adults by Anne Cassidy does the business. Gripping from beginning to end.

When Ali and Hannah were in year eleven they picked up with a couple of likely lads called Stephen and Jackson. They didn’t have a lot in common except they were young and looking for experience, and boy they sure got it.

While having a beer late at night in a park where kids gathered, a boy called Daniel Feeny jumped out of a tree with a rope around his neck. They saved him and thus began an episode that blew their lives and relationships apart.

Anne Cassidy is a master of the psycho/drama and this is a cleverly crafted novel that will have you in suspense till the end. I read her award winning novel Looking for JJ a few years ago about a 16 year old girl who has just come out of gaol after murdering her best friend when she was ten.

In that novel Cassidy told the story in two time periods and in this novel she has done the same. The first time zone is when Ali is in year eleven with hopes of going to Cambridge. The second time zone is two years after a second event happened to Dan Feeny, that has blown the four kids apart.

I can’t tell you any more you will have to read it and find out, and I assure you, you will not regret it.

There are deep themes of personal responsibility to another person and how males and females view relationships particularly round the important male understanding of respect. Easy to read this is for everybody.

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