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Egmont USA, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 249 pages
In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.
But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar' s built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?
Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.

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User Review  - CarleyShea - LibraryThing

The end left me feeling unfulfilled. With a character that has such a strong mind and will to be his own person, I was disappointed in the way things turned out for Oscar. Not that I wanted a ... Read full review

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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

When I hear the word dystopia, I always think first of the kind of society described in this book. To me, it's not the obviously broken world that fits the term, but the one that looks perfect, that ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Pam Bachorz's debut novel was inspired by the six years she lived in Celebration, Florida–a "model" small town–when she thought, What if . . . ? She now lives in the Washington DC area, with her husband and son. You can visit her online at

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