The Believing Game

The Believing Game

Book - 2012
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A private academy. A cult leader. A girl caught in the middle.

After Greer Cannon discovers that shoplifting can be a sport and sex can be a superpower, her parents pack her up and send her off to McCracken Hill-a cloistered academy for troubled teens. At McCracken, Greer chafes under the elaborate systems and self-help lingo of therapeutic education. Then Greer meets Addison Bradley. A handsome, charismatic local, Addison seems almost as devoted to Greer as he is to the 12 steps. When he introduces Greer to his mentor Joshua, she finds herself captivated by the older man's calm wisdom. Finally, Greer feels understood.

But Greer starts to question: Where has Joshua come from? What does he want in return for his guidance? The more she digs, the more his lies are exposed. When Joshua's influence over Addison edges them all closer to danger, Greer decides to confront them both. Suddenly, she finds herself on the outside of Joshua's circle. And swiftly, she discovers it's not safe there.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2012
ISBN: 9780545299831
Branch Call Number: YA MF CORRIGAN
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 12, 2013

At a rehab school, a creepy old man sucks a group of teenagers into trusting him, despite his insane claims. The teenagers trust him to different levels, and as the lies he’s built start to crumble about him, they start to turn against him. (It’s told from the point of view of the teenagers, but I couldn’t figure out how to write the review that way.) A gripping read, totally engrossing. Well-written. No heavy-handed moralizing, just a tale for the sake of it. But the old man, Joshua, is so creepy and downright evil that I felt uncomfortable just reading about him. I would have put the book down had I not needed to see if and how he would finally fall. Read at your own risk, but if you can stomach it, you’ll be rewarded.

LocketLibrarian Aug 10, 2013

Good, suspenseful thriller. I am really enjoying Corrigan's writing.


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