"You shouldn't expect much of him. He's...he's damaged." Damaged. What a horrible word. Like a car after a wreck...It was how I'd been feeling myself. Slightly ruined, a big mess.
Lately there have been a lot of guys in Sandpiper's life. In the past year, she's gone through eight or nine different boyfriends -- if you can call them that. She knows the boys are only using her for one thing, but she is using them, too.
The Walker is different from the others. He is kind and gentle. Mysterious. And most of all, he is the first guy who doesn't want Sandy for all the usual reasons. In fact, she's not sure if he wants her for any reason.
But she knows she wants to be around him. He makes her feel safe, when all the other parts of her life -- like her family and friends -- just make her feel awful. And when one of Sandy's exes starts harassing her, the Walker may be the only person who can help Sandy confront her uneasy past -- and steady herself for a different future.
Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel Gracie's Girl. She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Haydenville, Massachusetts.From School Library Journal :
Grade 9 Up -Sandpiper Hollow Ragsdale, 15, is on a sexual power trip, engaging in brief hookups for fellatio. When Derek, one of several rejected boys, returns in a rage to torment Piper and her family, she finds an unlikely ally in Walker, a solitary young man of few words who habitually roams the roads of her Massachusetts town. Piper and Walker (whose real name, she finds out much later, is Aidan) awkwardly begin a platonic relationship of truth telling about their lives. Both are outsiders; she is estranged from her female friends, and he is grief stricken over the accidental killing of his nephew. Piper also has complex family issues-her mother is preoccupied with her fashionable upcoming wedding, and her father, with an active sex life and acknowledged discomfort over Piper's well-developed breasts, gives mixed paternal messages. Chapters in Piper's candid voice alternate with her expressions of lyrical poetry, sometimes penned in the style of famous poets. When Derek, a half-crazed and overdrawn antagonist, attempts to rape Piper, Aidan disables him and then drives Piper to the hospital, where it is clinically determined that she is a virgin. Copious tears and attempts to assign blame ensue, and Piper realizes what a jerk she has been. While heavy on message and mature in subject matter, the novel is notable for the bold look it takes at relationships and at the myth that oral sex is not really sex.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
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