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. . . The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher.
The thing that was vague and not-named.
The thing that hadn't happened, anyway.
(Had it?)

North Falls swim team member Darren Flynn is a guy's guy, a jock. He "shows promise" and has integrity in the classroom — just ask his teachers. He's shy, but sexy. Just ask the girls who are drawn to him like moths to a flame.

Darren Flynn is something different to everyone he encounters, and that's fine by him. Until something disturbing, something ambiguous happens that rocks Darren to the core, making him wonder: Who is Darren Flynn?

Review:

"Oates once again explores the link between sexuality and aggression as she delves deep inside a vulnerable 16-year-old's psyche." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This is sure to be a popular title and is great for sparking discussion." School Library Journal

Review:

"Full of ethical complexities, this deftly written page-turner offers a sympathetic portrait of a young man devoid of adult guidance, who struggles to come to his own conclusion while sorting through messy, complicated truths." Kirkus Reviews

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The most provocative young adult novel yet from New York Times best–selling author Joyce Carol Oates.

Darren Flynn is popular, good–looking, and has a spot on the varsity swim team. But after what happened that day in November (did it happen?), life is different for Darren.

Now his friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust now?

In her third novel for young adults, the author of the acclaimed Big Mouth & Ugly Girl leads readers on an internal journey of self–discovery, moral complexity, and sexuality.

Synopsis:

It was in November, a Thursday after swim practice. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher.

The thing was how Darren would think of it, afterward.

The thing that was vague and not-named.

The thing that hadn’ t happened, anyway.

Darren Flynn has the perfect life — until that day in November.

After that day, after what happened (did it happen?), life is different. Darren is different. Nothing is as it was – – before. His friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust, now?

This compelling, masterfully written novel by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates explores one teenager's search for identity in a complex, deceiving world, and the answers he finds in the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060541514
Author:
Oates, Joyce Carol
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
by Joyce Carol Oates
Author:
Oates, Jo
Author:
yce Carol
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Water Sports
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20060103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.96x5.78x.60 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 288 pages HarperTempest - English 9780060541514 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Oates once again explores the link between sexuality and aggression as she delves deep inside a vulnerable 16-year-old's psyche." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This is sure to be a popular title and is great for sparking discussion."
"Review" by , "Full of ethical complexities, this deftly written page-turner offers a sympathetic portrait of a young man devoid of adult guidance, who struggles to come to his own conclusion while sorting through messy, complicated truths."
"Synopsis" by , The most provocative young adult novel yet from New York Times best–selling author Joyce Carol Oates.

Darren Flynn is popular, good–looking, and has a spot on the varsity swim team. But after what happened that day in November (did it happen?), life is different for Darren.

Now his friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust now?

In her third novel for young adults, the author of the acclaimed Big Mouth & Ugly Girl leads readers on an internal journey of self–discovery, moral complexity, and sexuality.

"Synopsis" by , It was in November, a Thursday after swim practice. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher.

The thing was how Darren would think of it, afterward.

The thing that was vague and not-named.

The thing that hadn’ t happened, anyway.

Darren Flynn has the perfect life — until that day in November.

After that day, after what happened (did it happen?), life is different. Darren is different. Nothing is as it was – – before. His friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust, now?

This compelling, masterfully written novel by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates explores one teenager's search for identity in a complex, deceiving world, and the answers he finds in the most unexpected places.

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