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because he flaunts his good looks and his achievements at the school like so many, but because he is shy and somewhat withdrawn.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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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

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Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo ("V. C.") Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. 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 the 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, and Garden of Shadows; all of which comprise the Dollanganger Series. Andrews died of breast cancer on December 19, 1986, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After her death, her family hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to finish the manuscripts she had started. He would complete the next two novels, Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts, and they were published soon after. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V. C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by Andrews herself. She left a legacy of books that have been sold worldwide and translated into 13 foreign languages.

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