by John Brandon
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 7 June 2012
Number of pages: 256
When teenage Shelby Register moves to Citrus County, Florida, with her single father and little sister, she's expecting surfers instead of rednecks, but she decides to make the best of it. Things become complicated when Toby, a neglected, loveless boy living with his abusive uncle, becomes her twisted love interest. Toby finds trouble far more elaborate than ordinary delinquency when he enacts a strange, cruel plot on the Register clan. Then Toby realizes that he can't reverse the effects of his 'prank', and his and Shelby's fates hurtle towards tragedy...
What the papers say:
A great story in great prose, a story that keeps you turning pages even as you want to slow to savor them, full of characters who are real because they are so unlikely New York Times Book Review Brandon's dry wit, dark imagination, and surprisingly big heart combine to reveal a Florida that, despite (or because of) being more Ted Bundy that Disney World, is absolutely worth visiting Publishers' Weekly Citrus County is gorgeous and deserves to be read widely San Francisco Chronicle Brandon draws his characters so deftly that we can be horrified and intrigued by them at once, and his plot just as deftly avoids cliches St Petersburg Times The writing has a strange sort of power Evening Standard
John Brandon was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and has worked at a lumber mill, a windshield warehouse, and a Coca-Cola distributor. Acclaim for his first novel, Arkansas, led to his appointment as John & Renee Grisham Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi.
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