Cloudburst

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Simon & Schuster, 2012 - High school students - 416 pages
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An irresistible tale of jealousy, deception and drama, Cloudburst is the second in this gripping series from the New York Times bestselling author
Sasha, a popular senior in high school, with excellent grades finds herself increasingly attracted to Duane Banks, a boy who stands out not because he flaunts his good looks and his achievements at the school like so many, but because he is shy and somewhat withdrawn. He's one of the few good-looking boys who pays little attention to her, and that makes him more interesting.
When auditions for the new school play begin, she and Duane both get parts and Duane slowly seems to be coming out of his shell, permitting himself to hope and succeed at something. But when neither of his parents show up to see the play, Duane goes into depression.
When one morning Duane doesn't show up for school, Sasha is distraught to learn that he has taken his own life. Blaming herself for not working harder to make him happy, Sasha too begins a downward spiral into depression. But Sasha finds support and comfort from an unexpected quarter.

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User Review  - Desilu42 - LibraryThing

Kiera is in college and Sasha is living the dream life with her foster parents. A soap opera star joins Sasha's exclusive school and they find a connection. They are in love but something is holding ... Read full review

Review: Cloudburst (Storms #2)

User Review  - Nicole Timko - Goodreads

What an awful book! I wish the ghost writer would just read Flowers in the Attic and realize that's the kind of book he needs to write! Read full review

About the author (2012)

Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. Her father was a career Navy man who later opened a tool-and-die business and her mother was a telephone operator. As a child, Andrews read voraciously and also excelled in art. At the age of fifteen, she won a scholarship for a literary parody she had written. Commenting on her love of reading, she once said "When I was seven, [my father] took me to the public library and signed me up for my first library card. He went home with two books... I went home with nine." Andrews worked as a commercial fashion and portrait artist for a time. However, after her father's death in the late 1960s and the family's subsequent move to Manchester, Mo, she began what she described as "closet" writing. It was her publisher's decision to use her initials (V.C.) rather than her full name. This was done for the purpose of neutralizing her gender so as to sell to adult male audiences; the common belief was that men did not like to read books by women writers. Andrews eventually became a full-time writer. Her first novel was a science fiction fantasy entitled The Gods of the Green Mountains, published in 1972. In 1980, she published the bestseller Flowers in the Attic, followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. V.C. Andrews died in December, 1986 at the age of 62. She left a legacy of books that have been sold worldwide and translated into 13 foreign languages.

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