Going Underground by Susan Vaught

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Del is a good kid who's been caught in horrible circumstances. When we meet him, he is 17, trying to put his life together after an incident in his past that made him a social outcast - and a felon. As a result, he can't get into college; the only job he can get is digging graves; and when he finally meets a girl he might fall in love with, there's a whole sea of complications that threaten to bring the world crashing down around him again.

But what has Del done? In flashbacks to Del's 14th year, we slowly learn the truth: his girlfriend texted him a revealing photo of herself, a teacher confiscated his phone, and soon the police were involved.

Basing her story on real-life cases of teens being charged with sex crimes for texting explicit photos, Susan Vaught has created a moving portrait of an immensely likable young character caught up in a highly controversial legal scenario.


About Susan Vaught

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Susan Vaught is the author of My Big Fat Manifesto, Trigger, Exposed, and other novels, as well as Oathbreaker, which she coauthored with her son JB Redmond. She is also a practicing psychiatrist.
Published September 13, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Cooking, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Del, 17, high-school senior, convicted felon and registered sex offender for three years, keeps his head down at school, digs graves part-time and stays numb with the help of his iPod playlists.

Aug 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Underground

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Vaught creates her characters and situations to help her message, but gives them more than enough life to carry the story, rather than feeling like puppets (the addition of a cursing and flatulent parrot named Fred helps).

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Underground


But as the reader gets to know Del, it’s hard not to begin rooting for him, and to hope that, sometime in the future, the first patient will walk into his avian veterinary practice to be greeted by an African Gray who politely introduces herself by saying, simply, “Fred.”.

Jan 03 2014 | Read Full Review of Going Underground

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Going Underground by Susan Vaught follows the story of Del, an older teenager still dealing with an issue that came up when he was fourteen.

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