Looking for JJ

Looking for JJ

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Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . . Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it's still hard for her to believe it. She'll never be able to forget, even though she's trying to lead a normal life--she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice's past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it's about to rip her new life apart. Includes a reader's guide.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 323 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0152066381
  • 9780152066383
  • 449,126

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"Dark, chilling and clever." --Celia Rees "Compassionate, unsensational and unflinching" --Jan Mark, Guardian "Dark, chilling and clever."--Celia Rees, author of The Wish House and Blood Sinister"Compassionate, unsensational and unflinching."--The Guardian (London)"A skillful tale. . . . The ethical issues and solid, suspenseful storytelling provide many discussion possibilities."--Booklist "A sympathetic look at someone who has done the unspeakable and now has to live with the results."--KLIATT
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4,651 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,211)
4 36% (1,686)
3 28% (1,297)
2 8% (357)
1 2% (100)

Our customer reviews

How well do you know the people around you? How do you know they are not hiding a huge secret like their past? This is the second book I\'ve read recently that casts light on how murderers who are children fit into society after serving time for their crime. Anne Cassidy\'s new book, LOOKING FOR JJ, will keep your interest until the very end. Not only does the author give details about what happened but she lays the framework as to possible causes of why it happened -- because that is just as important. I actually found myself feeling sorry for Jennifer, the girl who committed the crime, wishing it hadn\'t happened to her. Michele Livingstone is dead. She died six years ago at the hands of her friend, JJ. Jennifer Jones has paid for what happened to Michele. There is no denying that Jennifer is responsible for Michele\'s death, but while reading the book I came to the conclusion that she wasn\'t the only one to blame. Is there one thing that controls when and how aggressive someone becomes? I really believe that genetic factors may contribute to behavior, but if a child is engaging in delinquent behavior it is probably due to peer influences and lapses in parenting. Jen\'s home life while growing up wasn\'t exactly the \"Leave it to Beaver\" atmosphere. Her mom certainly wouldn\'t win any parenting awards and from an early age Jen learned how to get by on her own, alone. Craving love, it is understandable that Jennifer had anger issues. The question is can people change? Can violent deeds of the past be forgiven with the passage of time? Jennifer is about to be released from jail and the press has made it front page news once again. Is JJ still a danger to other children? Where is she going to live now? Will the family of the dead girl try to get revenge? Alice Tully, like everyone else, follows the stories in the paper with keen interest. The only thing is that Alice knows something no one else does. She knows where Jennifer Jones is. Only three other people know her whereabouts. What is the connection between Alice Tully and Jennifer Jones? Why does Alice live in constant fear? Who is Alice Tully exactly? Read the book to find out.....show more
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