Swollen by Melissa Lion

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Samantha only wants to be loved. By her father, by her best friend, and now by the new boy at school, Farouk. The more time Sam spends with him, the more she can’t stop thinking about him. But she’s cautious, because people can hurt. To escape, Sam runs track at school, finishing every race, but never pushing herself to the limit. As she runs, she is haunted by the recent, mysterious death of Owen, the school’s golden boy and track star.

Sam and Farouk spend afternoons at the beach where divers risk their lives to jump off high cliffs into the churning water below. Like the divers, Sam risks herself to be with Farouk, growing more and more attached to him, longing to feel safe enough to let herself go and show her true feelings.

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About Melissa Lion

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Melissa Lion earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California where she received the Agnes Butler Scholarship for Literary Excellence. Her stories have appeared in the Santa Monica Review, Other Voices, and The Crucifix Is Down, an anthology published by Red Hen Press. She is a native Californian who burns easily in the sun. She lives in San Diego, CA.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 194 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Overall, this book is very short, and personally, I think it’s worth a read, just to explore the beautiful writing and the concept of a plotless book.

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