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Title: High and Dry
Author: Sarah Skilton
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: 15 April 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

REVIEW BY ELIN – YEAR 8

High and Dry is about a boy named Charlie Dixon who seems to have a lot of problems blamed on him, even a fatal overdose at a party seems to be his fault, whilst being blackmailed into finding a flash drive in school. Charlie is in a bit of a mess, on top of this, trying to get through a breakup too, someone uses his car to frame him, resulting in him getting mixed up in yet more problems.

Charlie’s aim in the book is to win his girlfriend back whilst at the same time help his best friend through some tough situations. I really enjoyed this book because Charlie always put other peoples problems before himself, although it was frustrating at the same time that Charlie had so many secrets he kept to himself. He didn’t know who to trust anymore. His trust issues actually made him realize he could get through his problems on his own, the ending is mysterious yet unexpected, I really liked it.

My favorite character was Charlie himself, because I related in some ways and there was always something going on with him, I wanted to find the answer to everything that was happening.

The author manages to maintain a sense of anticipation throughout the plot, with each revelation came another question adding to the tension within the story. I am going to look out for more books by this author as I really liked the writing style, it was very realistic and relatable, exactly how a teenage mind works.

I would strongly recommend this book to others because of the way Charlie was able to deal with his issues, I felt that it might provide guidance to others who might be facing similar situations. High and Dry is a book dealing specifically with teenage problems making it ideal for that target age range.