GRIT by Gillian French

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Rhiannon’s disappearance is still leaving its mark this summer.  There’s an air of suspicion, especially around Darcy.  It makes sense.  Everyone’s always suspicious of the town “slut,” whatever that means.  And Darcy does have a secret–one she’s keeping for someone else.  But when someone nominates both Darcy and her cousin Nell for Bay Festival Princess, Darcy can’t help but wonder who is out to get her.  Is it a joke meant to humiliate her?  Does someone know Darcy’s secret?  Or does it all come back to Rhiannon and the town’s darkest secret of all?

I thoroughly loved the voice of this novel.  Darcy is an authentic, flawed character who really gripped me from the opening pages.  And the suspenseful plot made it difficult to put down.  I highly recommend this book to teen fans of realistic fiction and suspense.

If you liked E.  Lockhart’s We Were Liarsdefinitely check this one out.

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