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May 24, 2021

The Stranger Within

By GC Johnson

Blurb:

Olivia Jenkins and Sam Wayne used to be the closest of friends until their friendship ended abruptly the summer before high school. It’s been three years, and all Olivia wants is to be rid of her feelings for Sam, who is now the leader of the Under-Twenty gang. When the two are forced to be Geometry partners, they have to deal with their overwhelming past and rivalry all while struggling with their own inner demons. As the story develops and Sam’s gang is surrounded by turmoil, his old personality starts resurfacing from working closely with Olivia, and much like the confusing feelings that are forming, it frightens him. He knows if he gets too close, he’ll have to admit why he ditched her, and that’s not an option for Sam.

Comments:

This is a book by a young writer from the US and is aimed at teenagers. This is a story with complex characters that drew me in from the first page. Set in a high school in the US, it didn’t matter that it was an area you may not be familiar with.

Sam and Olivia are both relatable and interesting, even though I have no experience with life in a gang. The picture GC Johnson painted of gang life was both predictable and surprising. There are so many twists and turns in this book that it will keep you guessing until the very end.

This is the first book in a trilogy. At the time of writing this, the second book is also available.

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