Torn by Stephanie Guerra

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Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies. You'd never guess that Stella's dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more. New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella's polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels. But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn't be tried once. It's not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she's ever had and the friends she's known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be. But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn't show anyone not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.
 

About Stephanie Guerra

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Stephanie Guerra has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and teaches children’s literature in the College of Education at Seattle University. She is also the Seattle host for the teen fiction blog Readergirlz. Stephanie was born in New York, spent several years in California, and moved to Las Vegas on her own at age fifteen. She lived there for the next ten years, supporting herself while she completed high school and college. Stephanie now lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and children. Currently Stephanie’s research is focused on literacy instruction for incarcerated and at-risk teens. She also teaches creative writing classes at King County Jail. She encourages her readers to donate used books to jails, prisons, and juvenile correctional facilities.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Skyscape. 277 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Eventually, however, Ruby falls for a much older man, and Stella’s sure he’s bad news—especially after he introduces Ruby to cocaine.

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Torn

The Bookbag

Narrator Stella is wonderful - a realistically mixed-up 17 year old, struggling with the pressures of school, applying to college, a new boyfriend, an absent father and a beguiling new friend in Ruby.

Jun 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Torn

The Overflowing Library

As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Torn

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