Scilla Davis is haunted by a horrible accident that she was involved in last summer—a drunken, reckless joyride that ended in tragedy. With a big trial looming, life seems empty, unreal, and utterly hopeless. It’s especially painful watching her best friend, Willow, slowly destroy herself with pills and booze. Yet Scilla can’t seem to wrest Willow—or herself—from a path of self-destruction.
But there might be a possible escape from this nightmare. As a dangerous new drug called Ferocity sweeps the nation, an FBI agent asks Scilla to turn narc and help locate the Ferocity kingpin. In exchange, she could avoid conviction for her role in the accident. All she has to do is deceive and betray people she’s known all her life . . .
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“This book is definitely for the oldest of the teen audience with intense language and sexuality, and adult readers will devour it as well, remembering their narrow escapes during their adolescence . . . The mixed messages adolescents receive from their elders also ring true here. This is recommended for medium to large young adult library collections.” VOYA, June 2012
“An engaging, realistic journey into drug addiction and bad decision making. Grosso’s FEROCITY SUMMER is a riveting read.” –A.S. King, author of the Printz honor book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ
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About the Author
Alissa Grosso is the author of the YA novels Popular, Ferocity Summer and Shallow Pond (Flux). At various points in her working life she has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children’s librarian. She lives in Riegelsville, PA.
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