An unforgettable cast of characters is unleashed into a realm
known for its cruelty&mdash;the American high school&mdash;in
this captivating debut novel. b>
The wealthy enclaves north
of 'san Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody
knows this better than the students of a local high
school.&#160;Despite being raised with all the opportunities money
can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous
adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is
potentially postable, shareable, viral.
Johnson&rsquo;s kaleidoscopic narrative exposes at every turn the
real human beings beneath the high school stereotypes. Abigail Cress
is ticking off the boxes toward the Ivy League when she makes the
first impulsive decision of her life :entering into an inappropriate
relationship with a teacher. Dave Chu, who knows himself at heart to
be a typical B student, takes desperate measures to live up to his
parents&rsquo; crushing expectations. Emma Fleed, a gifted dancer,
balances rigorous rehearsals with wild weekends.
Damon Flintov returns from a stint at rehab looking to prove
that he&rsquo;s not an irredeemable screwup. And Calista Broderick,
once part of the popular crowd, chooses, for reasons of her own, to
become a hippie outcast.
Into this complicated web, an
idealistic young English teacher arrives from a poorer, scruffier part
of California. Molly Nicoll strives to connect with her
students&mdash;without understanding the middle school tragedy that
played out online and has continued to reverberate in different ways
for all of them.
Written with the rare talent capable of
turning teenage drama into urgent, adult fiction, The Most
Dangerous Place on Earth i> makes vivid a modern adolescence
lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with sorrow, passion, and
Praise for The Most Dangerous Place on
Earth i> b>
&ldquo;Alarming, compelling . . .
Here&rsquo;s high school life in all its
madness.&rdquo;&mdash;The New York Times i> b>
&ldquo;Impossibly funny and
achingly sad . . . [Lindsey Lee] Johnson cracks open adolescent angst
with adult sensibility and sensitivity.&rdquo;&mdash;'san
Francisco Chronicle i> b>
debut . .
. Johnson proves herself a master of the coming-of-age
story.&rdquo;&mdash;The Boston Globe i> b>
&ldquo;Entrancing . . . Johnson&rsquo;s novel
possesses a propulsive quality.
. . . Hard to put down.&rdquo;&mdash;Chicago
Tribune i> b>
&ldquo;Readers may find
themselves so swept up in this enthralling novel that they finish it
in a single sitting.&rdquo;&mdash;Publishers Weekly i>
(starred review) b>
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