Thursday, November 30, 2006

What Happened to Cass McBride? - Gail Giles


What Happened to Cass McBride?
Gail Giles
Little, Brown and Company

Young Adult/ Suspense

Cass McBride was a golden girl. She’d taken her father’s negotiation (or, maybe, manipulation) lessons very seriously. After all, they’d gotten her dad from nothing to a millionaire. Using her skills and talents for maneuvering people, Cass is all set to become the first junior in her school’s history to be elected Homecoming Queen. Everything is running smoothly. Until one day, before class, hopeless loser David Kirby has the nerve to ask her out on a date. She turns him down, of course. Then leaves a note about it for her best friend. But David finds the note first. The next day, David commits suicide.

While Cass is desperate to hide her stress and guilt over David’s death, David’s older brother Kyle is angry, devastated, and formulating a plan. He’s going to get even with the girl who drove his brother to suicide. He’s going to ruin her life in a way that she cannot imagine. And he’s going to enjoy it. David is dead in his grave. Cass is going in a grave, too. Only she won’t be dead when it happens.

This story is told in a series of flashbacks, beginning with Kyle’s arrest. The chapters alternate between Kyle, Cass, and a police detective. While this might normally be confusing, it’s a very effective device here; and really necessary to tell the entire story. The story and emotions are very dark and intense, possibly too dark and intense for many younger readers. For older readers, though, say 15 and up, it’s one of those books that you read in one sitting, racing to discover the fate of each character. What happened to Cass McBride? It isn’t pretty; and you’ll probably have trouble forgetting.

Rating: 8
November 2006
ISBN# 0-316-16638-3 (hardcover)

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