Charm & Strange

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 2:30 am

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Charm & Strange

Stephanie Kuehn

2013

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Kate F

Teens

General fiction, Thriller and suspense

In brief

4

While this book definitely charmed me with its strangeness, it's not for the faint of heart.

I have to say, it took me a while to get into the groove of Charm & Strange, but once I did I was hooked by its increasing mystery and tension.

It tells the story of Andrew Winston Winters, a lonely teen at a boarding school in Vermont, who is grappling with a dark and mysterious past. (I cannot pass up a suspenseful boarding school book!) He is part Win-- the teen at school with no friends, who doesn't like to be touched-- and part Drew-- the angry young boy from his past, who couldn't control his violent impulses.

Bit by bit, his history is revealed, and along with it comes a complicated psychology, dreams of wolves and secrets upon secrets. Tough and poignant all at once, this one is going to stick with me for a long time.