Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
The students in period 8 study hall face the disappearance of one of their peers and the lies and secrets that surround her.
Near midnight Paulie Bomb pulls his VW Beetle onto the shoulder of Ridgeview Drive and kills the engine.
Completely, totally not for me.
I almost put this one down a couple times, but kept picking it up, thinking that maybe it was going to pull something off at the end that would make you go “ooooh, I get it.” It didn’t. Fact is, I just didn’t ‘get’ this book.
From long-distance swimming in near-freezing water, to extremely blunt talk to an almost-retired teacher who’s everyone’s BFF, to a really weird, bizarre sex trafficking conspiracy, there just wasn’t much for me to relate to. Even the dialogue seemed to be just trying too hard. Also, the suspense was a bit of a letdown, as with the multi-POVs, it was easy to figure out what had happened long before the characters did.
Heads up: Language, sex, drugs