Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Talk - CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Andrew Winston Winters shuts everyone out at his private boarding school. Prone to long walks and solitude, his is the first name that comes up when a dead body is found in a stream on a remote part of the grounds. Having alienated his roommate and best friend long ago, Win has few defenders... maybe not even himself.

He can't deny that there have been moments in his past when he lost control. His violent impulses set him apart when he was younger, but his older brother was always there to shield him... until one day he wasn't. A family tragedy landed Win in the Vermont boarding school where he was supposed to find time to heal. But he can't begin to heal until he admits the truth about what caused the original wound.

With his mind breaking and his sanity slipping, Win takes a chance on friendship with a new girl at the school. Rediscovering what it's like to be cared about takes him closer to the truth, and one night in the woods after a party will bring him face to face with the truth of his past - whether he is able to cope with it or not.

3 comments:

Pili said...

It does sound very interesting, with the mystery murder aspect of it and the family tragedy...

Em-Musing said...

Great story. Murder? Anguished past? What's not to love?

Mindy McGinnis said...

This book is amazing. I was so pulled in and... utterly mystified at the same time. This and ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn are both masterfully written, because you *think* you're reading about one thing... but it turns out you're totally not!! And you don't feel cheated at all.