Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

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Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you—not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities—will listen to you?

For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good.

No girl could survive Red Rock alone—but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.


About Gayle Forman

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Gayle Forman ( is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 1, 2007 by HarperTeen. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The girls quickly form a bond and vow to expose the “cruelty as therapy,” where girls take turns hurling insults at a chosen victim at “confrontational therapy” or “backcountry therapy,” which involves long hot treks through the desert without adequate water reserves.

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Like a cross between Girl, Interrupted and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , journalist Forman's first book for teens tells the gritty tale of five girls trapped in a “residential treatment center” run by bogus shrinks or, as one of them aptly puts it, in “a loony bin, a bogus, bullshit, behavio...

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Brit s father fears the worst for Brit as she looks just like her mother, is also free-spirited like her mother, and has some of her mother s free-spirited traits, like being in a rock band called Clod, and having tattoos at the age of sixteen.

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