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Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?

Morris Award–finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.

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Having removed the overly dramatic makeup of her solitary high school days, Ellie looks forward to recreating herself and her art. Arriving alone for winter session at the New England College of Art and Design, Ellie finds the ideal opportunity. In her first days she begins dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. A story about independence, trust, and boys.

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Having left behind the melodrama of her solitary high school days—and the beheaded martyrs in her paintings—Ellie arrives at the New England College of Art and Design. Looking forward to the opportunity to recreate herself and her art, she begins her first day by dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. Ellie soon learns a lot about herself in this story about independence, trust, and boys.

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Hillary Frank is a freelance writer and artist. She has an MFA in drawing from the New York Academy of Art and has been a contributor to Public Radio International"s This American Life since June 1999. In 1998 she won the short short fiction contest sponsored by The Connection on WBUR, and in 1989 she was the national grand prize winner of the Binney and Smith Crayola Competition, placing first out of 30,000 entries. This is her first novel for teens.

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jodijodijodi4, March 22, 2008 (view all comments by jodijodijodi4)
i really liked this book.
the short chapters are great for people with short intension spans.
it did get a bit boring at times,
but it always quickly picked up afterwards.

i thought it was really gritty and raw,
which is a good thing in this case.
this book really keeps you intrigued.
overall,
i'm glad i read this book.
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polinareads, May 1, 2007 (view all comments by polinareads)
I have to admit this book was a bit boring at parts where she talks about her school life. It's is a bit dirty to be in the Teen Reading section, but the way you can't guess what's gonna happen next no matter how hard you try keeps you just going with the flow.
The way Ellie explores and finds herself is very inspiring, and I think does a pretty good job at projecting how 20 year olds handle being on their own.
I can't wait to pick up more from this author.
Definately a good read
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Jena, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
Ellie thinks mostly about two things: sex (and/or the guy she's having it with) and art. The style of her observations and the short chapters remind me of Speak (by Laurie Halse Anderson), and though Better Than Running at Night isn't exactly the same caliber as Speak, the characters and conflicts are enough to compel a reader to keep reading.

I would have read this book in one day when I was in high school, though I probably would have been embarrassed by the sex scenes (which are far from smut-level, but detailed enough to make many parents raise eyebrows).

I'd encourage middle schoolers to wait a few years before reading this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618250738
Author:
Frank, Hillary
Author:
Frank, Hillary
Author:
Lacour, Nina
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Universities and colleges
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Art schools
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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Having removed the overly dramatic makeup of her solitary high school days, Ellie looks forward to recreating herself and her art. Arriving alone for winter session at the New England College of Art and Design, Ellie finds the ideal opportunity. In her first days she begins dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. A story about independence, trust, and boys.
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Having left behind the melodrama of her solitary high school days—and the beheaded martyrs in her paintings—Ellie arrives at the New England College of Art and Design. Looking forward to the opportunity to recreate herself and her art, she begins her first day by dirty dancing with the Devil. Then she makes out with him. Ellie soon learns a lot about herself in this story about independence, trust, and boys.

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