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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth seems to be a high school in Mill Valley, CA, a town outside of  San Francisco. After reading this book I wouldn’t argue! Teenagers are so mean. You couldn’t pay me to go back to being a teen in today’s world.

The book starts with the characters in 8th grade and moves to their junior and senior years. Each chapter is told from a different point of view. Some of the chapters didn’t follow the story in the previous chapter. I found myself wanting more information about a character or story, but didn’t get it because the next chapter jumped to a new character and different story.

The characters were not very likable, but the story was interesting. A tragedy occurs in 8th grade that effects the teens in different ways throughout the book. Abby and Cally stop being friends and go down different paths in high school. Ryan and Nick move through their high school years without thought to the consequences of their actions, as well as what the future holds. Molly, the new, young teacher, wants to “reach” her students, but she makes some bad choices along the way.

I enjoyed this story and would recommend reading it.  The book would make a great pick for a book club!

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