End Over End by Kate Kennedy

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The perilous secret world of a teenage girl in rural New England.

Ivory is fourteen and she's in love with Blake, madly, totally in love. Blake, fifteen, loves her, but he feels a bit suffocated. Unknown to her parents, they meet nights and weekends at the gravel pit in back of Stan's Bottle Redemption, where the gang, ranging in age from fourteen to the late twenties, hangs out. Blake's buddy, Tommy, has a motorcycle. He thinks Ivory is cute, too. So do some of the older fellows.

In school, the girls have sex ed lectures -- which gross them out -- right after practical math. Yet Ivory is going through another pregnancy scare, a little "maybe baby," she confides to her girlfriends. "Derek for a boy. Tamara for a girl."

One night Ivory doesn't come home. She seems to have vanished. Someone knows where Ivory is, but no one is telling. Will the truth ever be known?

In a haunting blend of lyricism and hard-edged realism, Kate Kennedy illuminates the dangerous culture of small-town youth.


About Kate Kennedy

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Kate Kennedy is a writer, teacher, and freelance editor who has lived in Maine since 1977. Her novel, "End Over End," was published in 2001. She taught writing at Portland High School for twenty years and continues to run fiction workshops around the state. She and her husband live in Cape Elizabeth.
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The only thing to sort out now is whodunit, and newcomer Kennedy, hugely clumsy in the art of the red herring, lavishes fallow prose on every fruitless lead, marking the impact of the death on Ivory's grieving mother Florence, her husband Duncan, their son Dunc Jr., and the teenaged community, wh...

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