Collins Hill High School Media Center Blog

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

rightbehindyouThis book was not what I was expecting. Gail Giles is a great writer – boys, girls, teens, adults, all enjoy her writing. I think I expected this story to fall into the categories of intrigue and mystery, but that wasn’t the case. This is not to say the story wasn’t interesting though.

Kip, the main character, set another kid on fire when they were both about 9. I’m not revealing anything – this information is presented on the inside flap! Kip spends time in a hospital, then a juvenile detention center, where he receives therapy. At 14, he’s released into the world again, with a new name, a new identity, a new place to live, and a whole heap of guilt. He has to try to figure out how to become this new persona and not let any of his guilt betray him. That’s the story – dealing with how not to self-destruct, how to keep his anger in check, how to forgive himself, and how to move on with his life.

This book is a fast read and both girls and guys would enjoy it.


June 9, 2009 - Posted by | Book recommendation | ,

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