Dark Song by Gail Giles
292 pages long
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: Sept 2010
Book is about:
Fifteen-year-old Ames Ford lives a charmed life in Boulder with her parents and her beloved younger sister, Chrissy. “If Mom weren’t a little overcontrolling sometimes–okay, all of the time–our family would’ve been gag-worthy perfect,” she remarks. But Ames’s privileged world disintegrates when her father is fired; the family members are ostracized by their wealthy friends; and they are forced to move into a dilapidated apartment in Texas owned by grandparents Ames did not know she had. Lies her parents have told and secrets they have kept bleed out each day, weakening her relationship with them. Then she meets manipulative, thrilling Marc who makes her feel secure despite his violent streak. “Mom and Dad had drained my world of color, but Marc was bringing it back. One little color at a time.”
As I read this book, it took me about the first 100 pages to get into it and then once I did, I could understand Ames point of view of the major changes that were happening to her and the family. The book was different for me as it was a touch real life and that it could happen to anyone. Great story.