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Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke

August 1st, 2006 (07:51 am)

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Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke is a modern-day urban legend that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until they reach the shocking conclusion.

One afternoon, three girls sneak away from cheerleading camp, planning to drive to a nearby lake. The teenagers never quite make it there. While at the gas station, the beautiful driver - Kristy Sweetland, the narrator of the tale - attracts the unwanted attention of two boys.

On the drive back, the girls attempt to lose the boys, but the narrator's best friend, Desiree, is an insatiable flirt. She prompts them to do something that only increases the boys' interest. They do eventually lose the guys and head back to camp, thinking nothing of it.

As the days go on, two of the girls think they see the boys spying on them, and one of the girls receives a threatening note in her bunk. The situation affects each girl differently: Kristy reflects on past events that have shaped her, such as the loss of her father; Desiree starts a risky relationship with a cute lifeguard; and the third girl, Kristi "with an I," becomes withdrawn and anorexic.

The vast majority of Boy Heaven is told in first person from Kristy's point of view. However, the book begins and ends in third person as the story is told around a campfire, furthering its set-up as an urban legend.

Fans of Lois Duncan ought to pick this book up. The writing style is fresh, the plot intricate, and the settings and characters quite detailed, making Boy Heaven one of this summer's most intriguing page-turners.

Due to content, Boy Heaven is for older teens and adults.

A note, added years later: Kasischke's writing is always haunting - in the memorable sense, not the supernatural sense. I've now read four of her books, and you'd think after reading Boy Heaven that I would expect or look for the big twist, but I don't: I simply let the story unravel, and I think it hits harder that way.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 1st, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)

It is - I hope you like it!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)

I'm sorry the linky thing wasn't working, but thanks for leaving your book link anyway. I hope to get it working right by next week.

Boy Heaven sounds intriguing.

Sherry at Semicolon

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)

Thanks, Sherry!

Posted by: Jocelyn Pearce aka Teen Book Reviewer (teenbookreview)
Posted at: July 5th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

This sounds interesting, and I like your review. I'm going to be reading this for the Saturday Review Challenge at Semicolon.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 5th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)

Ooh, enjoy! I think more folks should read this book. The ending stays with you.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 29th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
it did,

i got the book yesterday and just finished it
it was great, and the ending really does stay with you!
i didn't expect it at alll, i just didn't like
how desiree and kristy were'nt friends.
but it was greattt.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 29th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: it did,

I'm so glad to hear that someone else enjoyed BOY HEAVEN!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)

this book is really interesting....and thanks for point of view...and i totally agreed with you, since i already read it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: amazing


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