Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mill Valley, California: a place where parents are sucessful, most kids are high achieving, and the world outside keeps turning, no matter what they do As middle schoolers, the team of main characters are all a close knit group until tragedy strikes with a classmate. Fast forward to junior year of high school, and all of those events from the past seem to be playing out again while shaping these teens' futures. Add in a couple of teachers perspectives and you have a thought-provoking book.

While there is no giant turn of events in the plot (what does happen is something that you can see coming from a mile away), it does open the reader up to consider questions that all parents, teachers, and students have during those high school years, such as the influence of friends, where is the line drawn in student-teacher relationships, how to really find yourself, and how you'll never understand that the people surrounding you, no matter how put-together they seem, are just as lost as you are.

I like that this book is told from multiple perspectives so that the backstory is explored in all of the main characters. It helps to understand the actions they took in the past and why it's important to the present. But because there was no big climactic event, the ending sort of falls flat.

*Book provided by NetGalley

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