The Believing Game by Eireann Corrigan

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A private academy. A cult leader. A girl caught in the middle.

After Greer Cannon discovers that shoplifting can be a sport and sex can be a superpower, her parents pack her up and send her off to McCracken Hill-a cloistered academy for troubled teens. At McCracken, Greer chafes under the elaborate systems and self-help lingo of therapeutic education. Then Greer meets Addison Bradley. A handsome, charismatic local, Addison seems almost as devoted to Greer as he is to the 12 steps. When he introduces Greer to his mentor Joshua, she finds herself captivated by the older man's calm wisdom. Finally, Greer feels understood.

But Greer starts to question: Where has Joshua come from? What does he want in return for his guidance? The more she digs, the more his lies are exposed. When Joshua's influence over Addison edges them all closer to danger, Greer decides to confront them both. Suddenly, she finds herself on the outside of Joshua's circle. And swiftly, she discovers it's not safe there.

About Eireann Corrigan

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Corrigan, now 23 years old, is currently enrolled in the MFA program at NYU. She has studied with some of the most acclaimed poets in the country.
Published December 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 389 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When high school junior Greer gets caught shoplifting for the third time, her parents send her to a pricey rehab facility, where she meets Addison, a gorgeous, saintly recovering alcoholic.

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Corrigan (Accomplice) tackles cult thinking, dysfunction, and addiction as a charismatic and manipulative man works his way into the lives of troubled teenagers.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Greer Cannon has always felt the need to trust herself above everyone else --- coming from a family that doesn’t seem to give two hoots about her (other than to notice her bad behavior), Greer is an island unto herself.

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