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Melody Burning (Christy Ottaviano Books)

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Publisher Comments:

Beresford doesnt remember much about his past or how he came to live in the chutes and crawl spaces of the posh high-rise that shares his name. But when rock star and teen sensation Melody McGrath moves to an apartment on the fiftieth floor, he knows he has to be near her. Although she doesnt realize it, Melody is threatened by more dangerous forces than her manipulative stage mom and the pressures of life in the spotlight. The owner of the glamorous building has been hiding a fatal secret within its walls, and Beresford puts all his plans at risk. Will Beresford and Melody be able to escape with their lives (and love) intact?
 
Bestselling author Whitley Strieber makes his young adult debut with this pulsing romantic thriller.

Review:

"Twilight meets Tarzan in a Los Angeles high-rise in adult author Strieber's (Communion) disappointing YA debut. After his father is murdered, a boy hides from the killer in an apartment building that is still under construction; he never leaves, growing up to become a feral teenager who lives in the crawlspaces of the now-occupied structure. At 16, he falls in love with a new occupant: pop star/actress Melody McGrath, a troubled young woman with a blossoming career and an abusively domineering mother. Beresford (having named himself for the building he calls home) stalks Melody, who starts out fearing him, then makes an instant 180 and returns his love ('Oh, he was beautiful, he was beautiful, he was gentle and amazing, and he lives in the walls'). Together they contend with Melody's disapproving mother and the building's crooked owner, who plans to destroy it for insurance money. The potential of the premise is lost in a sea of flaws: the villain is one-dimensional, the teenage voices are inauthentic, characters' mood swings are abrupt and implausible, and Melody's lyrics are downright painful. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Whitley Strieber is one of the great names in science fiction. He has written many bestsellers, including Communion, The Wolfen, The Hunger, The Day after Tomorrow, Critical Mass, and The Omega Point. He lives in Santa Monica, California. [www.unknowncountry.com]

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805093278
Author:
Strieber, Whitley
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Mysteries.
Subject:
Detective stories
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20111206
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Twilight meets Tarzan in a Los Angeles high-rise in adult author Strieber's (Communion) disappointing YA debut. After his father is murdered, a boy hides from the killer in an apartment building that is still under construction; he never leaves, growing up to become a feral teenager who lives in the crawlspaces of the now-occupied structure. At 16, he falls in love with a new occupant: pop star/actress Melody McGrath, a troubled young woman with a blossoming career and an abusively domineering mother. Beresford (having named himself for the building he calls home) stalks Melody, who starts out fearing him, then makes an instant 180 and returns his love ('Oh, he was beautiful, he was beautiful, he was gentle and amazing, and he lives in the walls'). Together they contend with Melody's disapproving mother and the building's crooked owner, who plans to destroy it for insurance money. The potential of the premise is lost in a sea of flaws: the villain is one-dimensional, the teenage voices are inauthentic, characters' mood swings are abrupt and implausible, and Melody's lyrics are downright painful. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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