By Gayle Forman
"Where are they taking me?" "It's in your personal reliable, Brit," Dad acknowledged. i used to be shoved right into a small, stuffy room, and the door was once locked in the back of me. I waited for my dad to achieve he'd made a poor mistake and are available get me. yet he did not. For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, it really is not easy to understand who she will be able to belief. confident she's uncontrolled, her father has sentenced her to purple Rock: a middle for supposedly rebellious teenagers, the place the treatment contains name-calling and the women who get privileges are those who rat out their friends. yet then Brit meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie—four ladies who continue her from going over the sting. jointly, they're going to carry directly to their sanity and their sisterhood regardless of the grim pink Rock fact.
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She should’ve been glad about Clod. It was the only thing that kept me from heaving her off the Hawthorne Bridge. I was a mess at practices back then. I’d start crying mid-set or just flub a song I knew really well. I was sure they’d chuck me from the band, but instead they’d stop playing, Jed would make a pot of coffee, and they’d wait for me to calm down. Denise would ad-lib funny songs about Stepmonster 54 on her bass to try to cheer me up. Erik would offer me a bong load. I lived for those practices and our shows, when we’d all pile into Jed’s Vanagon, stopping at a taqueria near his house for pre-show burritos.
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