Two rumors are going around the high school and the small town of Healy, Tx.
- Alice Franklin slept with two guys in the very same night.
- One of the guys she slept with Brandon Fitzsimmons, the very popular high school quarterback, died in a car accident AND it was Alice's fault.
This engaging tale is told from the perspective of different teenagers for each chapter. This enticing read sheds a light on the social dynamic of rumors and the pervasiveness of lying. I especially enjoyed the oblique referrals to the Nazis and how going along with the crowd can be insidious.
My only problem with this book is that I don't think teenagers or even people in general are as introspective as portrayed in the book but, while this took away from the realness factor it was integral for the story. A definite must read for anyone who has felt the brunt of peer pressure.