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Annabel Greene looked like the perfect girl, the one who had everything. She was a model, a popular girl, with the perfect family. It all begins to fall apart when her sister Whitney almost dies from anorexia. Then, when Annabel's best friend Sophie accuses Annabel of trying to sleep with her boyfriend, when he really tried to rape her, things change forever.
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When Annabel returns to school the next year, everyone shuns her. She begins to eat lunch alone on the wall outside, with only Owen, another outcast, sitting near her. One day, when Sophie causes a nasty scene, Owen finally talks to Annabel and offers to take her home. They strike up a friendship and have deep conversations about music, which Owen is obsessed about.

Things start to get better for Annabel: she and Owen are a couple and Whitney is recovering. When one of Annabel's friends is almost raped by the same person, Annabel is upset, and after seeing his band at a club, she runs off, leaving Owen wondering what happened to her. He is furious and they don't talk for months.

At home, however, things are getting better. Whitney is almost completely recovered, and she reconciles with the sister that revealed her eating disorder. Annabel begins to become friends with her old best friend after a long estrangement, and finally decides she needs to tell Owen why she left.

She finds him at the radio station where he does a show, and after a lot of persuading tells him what happened. He convinces her to testify in his upcoming trial. After testifying, things get much better for Annabel, and she is finally happy again.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   rape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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