In Ecstasy

In Ecstasy

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By (author) Kate McCaffrey

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  • Publisher: ANNICK PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 183mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto, Canada
  • ISBN 10: 1554511747
  • ISBN 13: 9781554511747
  • Sales rank: 65,046

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A best friend sinks into a quicksand of teenage addictions. Sophie and Mia have been best friends for most of their 15 years. Sophie is popular, so when she suggests they try ecstasy Mia figures it can't hurt her own chances with the in crowd. Mia is elated when the drug lives up to its name and amazed when Lewis, the hottest guy in school, kisses her goodnight. Soon Lewis is Mia's boyfriend, and she and Soph are running with his fast, rich friends, until Sophie is sexually assaulted by Lewis's drug-dealing buddy. Reluctant to say what happened, Sophie grows distant, leaving Mia to conclude she's jealous of her popular boyfriend. But to keep Lewis's attention, Mia grows increasingly dependent on the confidence that only E seems to give her. When things worsen, it is the girls' strained but solid friendship that finally helps bring Mia back from the brink. Powerfully told from the alternating points of view of each girl, In Ecstasy is a brutally frank and utterly convincing portrait of the challenges facing contemporary teens.

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Kate McCaffrey is a former high school teacher and the award-winning author of one other book for young adults.

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Lovely Sophie and shy Mia take ecstasy at a party, both thinking the experience will provide something different-and it does, but not the way they anticipate. Told in alternating voices and chapters, the girls' divergent paths unfold, each filled with poignant hope, illusion, and ultimately pain and peril, as one momentous decision takes them down separate, life-changing roles.... The quicksand of gossip and popularity, spite and jealousy, the ever-growing shadow of drugs and the kids that indulge and abuse them, sweep Sophie and Mia into a maelstrom of brutal tragedy and painful awareness. Mia sinks deeper into the trap that she has stumbled into, existing in a drug-induced haze. McCaffrey's characterizations, dialogue, setting, and plot build steadily and believably. It is easy to be frustrated with and empathetic to the girls' dilemma, and teens should find the circumstances compellingly realistic. This is a cautionary wake-up call to the dangerous snowball effect of recreational drug use, cloaked in a well-written character novel.--Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University"School Library Journal" (12/31/2009)