Calling Home by Michael Cadnum

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Overcome with guilt when he accidentally kills his best friend Mead, Peter, an alcoholic teenager, hides the body and embraces the fantasy that Mead still lives, even going so far as to impersonate him.

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Published June 1, 1991 by Viking Juvenile. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Subsequently, Peter denies knowledge of Mead's whereabouts but makes reassuring phone calls to Mead's parents in a disguised voice, barely managing to hide his frantic self-loathing and his belief that Mead's dead personality is taking him over.

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Underachieving, drinking, and at odds with his single parent, Peter hides a terrible secret: his best friend Mead is dead, and it is Peter's fault.

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