This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

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...I'd say the ending is a little skimped. Shocking things happen in the space of a few pages, and I felt they could have been dwelt on without a loss of impact.
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Everyone says that Caro is bad ...but Jamie can't help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can't believe that she wants to be his girlfriend. Gorgeous, impulsive and unconventional, she is totally different to all the other girls he knows. His sister, Martha, hates her. Jamie doesn't know why, but there's no way he's going to take any notice of her warnings to stay away from Caro. But as Jamie falls deeper and deeper under her spell, he realises there is more to Caro - much more. There are the times when she disappears and doesn't get in touch, the small scars on her wrists, her talk about revolutions and taking action, not to mention the rumours he hears about the other men in her life. And then always in the background there is Rob, Jamie's older brother, back from Afghanistan and traumatised after having his leg smashed to bits there. Jamie wants to help him, but Rob seems to be living in a world of his own and is increasingly difficult to reach. With Caro, the summer should have been perfect ...but that isn't how things work out in real life, and Jamie is going to find out the hard way. This taut psychological drama is the brilliant new novel from acclaimed Celia Rees.
 

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CELIA REES is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books for young readers including the "Witch Child," "Sorceress," "Pirates!," "Sovay," and "The Fool's Girl," and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Celia lives in England. www.celiarees.com
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 289 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tony Bradman on Feb 17 2012

...I'd say the ending is a little skimped. Shocking things happen in the space of a few pages, and I felt they could have been dwelt on without a loss of impact.

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