Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: US KIDS KNOW by JJ Strong

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.

Brielle and Ray know that Cullen Hickson is trouble, but that doesn’t mean they can say no to him. Brielle is suspicious that Cullen might have orchestrated the car crash that made her finally notice him, but now that he’s in front of her she can’t make herself look away. Cullen is different from her other friends, and makes her feel alive in ways they can’t.

Ray feels it, too. Cullen makes it possible for him to do things he never thought he would – like committing some small-time crimes that slowly escalate as his need to push the edge grows. Ray’s looking for God, and the only time he feels close to understanding anything is with Cullen.

Cullen, meanwhile, finds himself fulfilling the role the siblings have cast him in – even if it isn’t who he truly is. The three of them push and pull each other through life changing – and ultimately deadly – scenarios.

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