Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening. So they will lie, they will split in two, they will turn inside out, they will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away _ but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it. A. S. King's groundbreaking novel explores how we crawl through traumatic experiences "and find a way out.
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by Stephen King
by A.S. King
by Barbara J. King
by A.S. Byatt
by Camryn King
"A surrealistic novel dramatizes four bright teens who can barely make their way in an increasingly senseless world. The author reads in a deadpan tone as she depicts the "slings and arrows" coming at them from all fronts. Stanzi suffers from absentee parents--except during family vacations, when they visit the sites of school shootings. Gustav copes by building an invisible helicopter, and China has "swallowed herself" after a terrible experience with a boy. The fourth character's hair grows when she lies. Even their high school, with its continual bomb threats, seems to be under siege. King's striking imagery is haunting, but, overall, her morose monotone doesn't help listeners distinguish the quirky characters, imagine the strange situations and settings, or understand the intricate, sometimes puzzling plot. S.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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