Judith Newman, FRANCINE PROSE, ALLISON LYNN, and LIZA NELSON
August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

By Meg Rosoff

REVIEWED BY LIZA NELSON

FICTION

Here’s another powerful blurring of the lines between young adult and mainstream fiction from Rosoff, the author of How I Live Now. After snatching his baby brother off a window sill as he’s about to fall, 15-year-old David Case becomes obsessed with avoiding Fate. Renaming himself Justin, he strikes out on his own, falls in love with an “older” woman, makes his first real friend and witnesses death and betrayal. Though he pulls it together, he’s seriously troubled, and Rosoff’s treatment of his mental problems is unsettlingly ambiguous. Parents who find the book riveting, despite its patches of talky philosophy, may want to think twice before handing it to sensitive teens.

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