Although Luke has nothing against Russell, he goes along with Hayden's harsh treatment of him. Something that I didn't mind but I think most people would is that the language in this book is pretty bad, and because of the language used I would reccommend this book to high school students. But what did he see? All three are on the fencing team. Russell still needs to jump to be initiated. I appreciated hearing this s What does a follower do once the leader has been removed? Russell is expected to jump off of a steep cliff into a lake by the school--but instead, after a confrontation with Hayden, he falls to his death.
It is the story of 18-year old Luke Prescott, a high school senior at prestigious Briar Academy who pretty much goes along with everything his best friend Hayden Applegate does and says. Anyone who gets involved in his story will no doubt find themselves measuring their own strength and convictions against those of Luke and several other characters. Anhalt has managed to create a character with complexities remniscent of Holden Caufield Catcher in the Rye and Jerry Renault The Chocolate War. I enjoyed the storyline, and the way the characters interacted with each other. This is also a story about peer relationships and how the social circles work--how does Luke treat his peers? But when Hayden goads Russell into jumping off a steep rocky cliff--a hazing ritual every member of the fencing team has to do sooner or later, alarm bells go off. Interesting concept to this book. Russell still needs to jump to be initiated.
When Russell also moves in on Hayden's girlfriend, things come to a head. There is a new kid on the team, Russell, who Hayden does not get along with, who needed to pass the initiation. Although Luke feels he knows Hayden pretty well, Hayden has been acting strange lately. But equally amazing is her insight into the thought processes of young adults. Follow with death, court case, and hand wringing for Luke who must decide whether to rat out his best bud or speak the truth. The plan was to watch Russell jump off the cliff into the lake--his initiation to the Briar Academy fencing team. As part of the broad panorama of school life at Briar Academy, three students go to a high cliff to initiate a new student into the fencing club.
When he's forced to testify, his life becomes out of control, it seems. What does a follower do once the leader has been removed? This suspenseful and scandalous tale of rivalry, peer pressure, and finding the courage to take responsibility will have an impact on readers long after the last page. Anyone who wants drama, backstabbing, and seeing the worst of humanity in people will enjoy this book. But what he's even better at is stealing Hayden's girl. And to do it, he must face the truth about his friendship with Hayden and his own painful past. The style that this book was written in is a narrative.
The way people speak to each other, the weight of their disappointments. The plan was to watch Russell jump off the cliff into the lake--his initiation to the Briar Academy fencing team. With only the two adversaries and our faithful reporter Luke on hand, have Hayden give Russ a little shove. I thought this book was slow paced and the end was confusing. The three climb the cliff and only two come back alive. Luke has to decide what loyalty means to him and uncovers a few truths about friendship. Before competing with the club, every student must prove his mettle by jumping off that cliff into the lake far below.
I look forward to seeing more from Ms. This is a great choice for lovers of suspense and boarding school drama. This suspenseful and scandalous tale of rivalry, peer pressure, and finding the courage to take responsibility will have an impact on readers long after the last page. But when a tragic accident lands Hayden in jail, Luke is the only eyewitness, and he has to decide what he is going to say. It is especially impressive when I turn to the info on the back cover and see that the author is a 19-year-old sophomore in college. One might think that Luke has it all. Luke was not eager to accompany his best friend, Hayden, and the cocky new kid, Russell, up to the cliff that night.
Luke has spent his entire high school career following his friend Hayden. You're published and can have better luck next time. The writing shows promise, but still needs some polish in places. He questions everything: What he saw, Hayden's motive, even his own horrible family life and his damaged relationship with his mother and brother. Luke's family story adds depth and emotion that underline the complicated situation he faces at school.
Hayden had the choice to make on that night, why did he choose to fight with Russell, why couldn't they all be friends? Did Luke witness an accident, or a murder? An unusually rich and layered first novel. When a new kid named Russell shows up and demonstrates his excellent fencing skills, Hayden doesn't seem able to cope. Hayden is the biggest tool, douchebag, ass hole, jerk, etc. Would be a good discussion starter. Russell is on the fencing team too, and he's good, real good. The main character, Luke, is interesting enough and a tortured soul, but he is just so spineless that I can't like him.