The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell

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Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.

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MARY O'CONNELL is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the author of the short story collection, Living With Saints. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in several literary magazines, and she is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. The Sharp Time is her first novel.
Published November 8, 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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After algebra teacher Mrs. Bennett inappropriately chides ADD-suffering Sandinista Jones (named for the seminal Clash album) for not paying attention in class, the 18-year-old, whose single mother has recently died, gives up on school and life.

Sep 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Sharp Time

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Sandinista narrates exactly how she’s thinking, which means she jumps around from memory to memory, makes impulsive decisions, repeatedly visits the school she thinks she’s happy about leaving, and obsesses over the phone calls she should be receiving from adults about her well-being.

Jan 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Sharp Time

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