Something Wicked

Something Wicked

eBook - 2010
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Melissa's most recent troubles stem from a secret: her 28-year-old boyfriend Michael has just broken up with her. Though the relationship is clearly over, Melissa clings to the memories, riding a relentless wave of hope and disappointment. Meaningless sexual escapades, drunken nights, and drug-induced blackouts help her cope with heartbreak, but her pain goes much deeper than unrequited teenage love. Her insight, sense of humour, optimism, and sheer determination prove to be saving graces, as is her ability to find solace in the Greek myths she's learned about in grade ten English class. In the end, it is Melissa's mother who proves to be the real victim of tragedy, and Melissa who must save her.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Puffin Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143176893
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.

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WhitePineVP May 04, 2012

Good story, but too much language

depuis Apr 24, 2012

I couldn't even finish the book.. I found it really slow and boring. Had about a quarter of the book left, and I cannot stand not completeing books, but this one was so terrible(and such a chore to even read) that I just returned it. Best part about the book is that it is set in my city. Is that not terribly sad? Avoid.

branch_reviews Mar 16, 2012

Melissa’s most recent troubles stem from a secret: her twenty-eight year old boyfriend has just broken up with her. Though the relationship is clearly over, Melissa clings to the memories, riding a relentless wave of hope and disappointment. Meaningless sexual escapes, drunken nights, and drug-induced blackouts help her cope with heartbreak, but her pain goes much deeper than unrequited teenage love. Her insight, sense of humour, optimism, and sheer determination prove to be her saving grace, as is her ability to find solace in the Greek myths. In the end, it is Melissa’s mother who proves to be the real victim of tragedy, and Melissa who must save her. Something Wicked is the story of a young woman who, surrounded by ugliness, seeks beauty in her life and in herself.
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staylor13 Jan 18, 2012

They're not kidding when they say this book is a "raw look" into the life and mind of one really messed up girl. Some students want to read something a little more upbeat, but I found this book to be well crafted. I loved the way Greek mythology was woven into the beggining of the book. The myth of "syphilis" cleverly illuminates the different aspects of Melissa's struggles in life. It's not just "raw", it's real.

SCornelisse Dec 23, 2011

A raw look into the live and mind of 16-year-old Melissa and she deals with drug and alcohol addiction and a dysfunctional family life with her emotionally disturbed mother. Although the scenes and language are toned down a bit for a young adult audience, the book does deal with mature subject matter such as unprotected sex, gangs, promiscuity, and graphic language. This is a strong message that today's youth can relate to and today's parents can learn from. A highly recommended read.

taylolz97 Dec 22, 2011

This story had its bad parts, but the ending was great. I really liked it.

Kuikirylia Dec 20, 2011

This book was a well written book with a solid plot. It had realistic characters, and it portrayed a darker side of life. However, this book was not really my type of book, I prefer something a little more light-hearted. Also, I think that this book could've been much shorter than it was, because a lot of the book was kind of like... an Echo. I would recommend this book for people looking for a darker, realistic portrayal of what the life of someone on drugs is really like.

Asirac Dec 12, 2011

It's an eye opener for people to look into what life is actually life for teenagers who are introduced to the wrong influences. It'll amaze anyone who reads it, just how intense life really is. Inspirational and thoughtful, i reccomend this to young adults everywhere :)

FamousReading Dec 08, 2011

What a Story.

I've been told this book was to be read carefully and to beaware of the content.

It is a mature book and deals with mature topics. This book deals with things that are happening in people's lives.

After reading this book I really thought what a wonderful book, it contains lessons and really shows you what some people go through in life.

Noor1618 Dec 07, 2011

I hope this book is in my library, I am really exited to read this book. Just by the cover it caught my attention.

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