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Before My Eyesby Caroline Bock
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In Caroline Bock's Before My Eyes, Claire has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets a guy online who appears to be a kindred spirit. Claire is initially flattered by the attention but when she meets Max, the shy state senators son, her feelings become complicated. Working alongside Max at a beachfront food stand is Barkley. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head.
Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.
"Bock returns to the Long Island setting of her critically acclaimed first book for teens, LIE, as the lives of three young people intersect over a weekend. Claire's mother has had a stroke and is in rehab, upending her family. Barkley, 21, has serious psychological problems, has bought a gun, and is sending threats to a state senator. Max's father is that senator, and Max is having a miserable summer between his father's reelection campaign and his own nascent addiction to painkillers. Bock's story unfolds as an hour-by-hour account of the Labor Day weekend before Claire and Max's senior year, told in three alternating points of view. Bock's prose is fluid and resonant, and her characters fully realistic, although the clipped narration they share makes their voices sound overly similar. A sense of dread and the threat of violence hang over this gripping novel (the book opens with Barkley pulling out a gun at a campaign event for Max's father), as do the failings of parents, friends, and society. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Rachel Sussman, Chalberg & Sussman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
CAROLINE BOCK is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novel LIE. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
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