Choke

by LoĢpez, Diana.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Dormont Public Library Young Adult YA LOPE
Location  Dormont Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA LOPE
 
 
Summary
A heartfelt novel about the disturbing "choking game" trend -- and one girl's struggle for self-acceptance.

If she could -- if her parents would let her -- eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She'd get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she'd wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy's best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.

And then one day, Windy gets the change she's been looking for. New girl Nina -- impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone -- starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be "breath sisters." Windy isn't sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.

Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life ... but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Windy longs to be part of the "in crowd," so she is thrilled when pretty, confident Nina transfers to her middle school and takes an interest in her. But the popular new girl has a dangerous secret: she likes playing the choking game, in which a girl strangles a friend until she passes out. "That's what makes us breath sisters--we put our lives in each other's hands. Can you think of a better way to prove your friendship?" Nina asks Windy. The game is not only about trust but also, Windy learns, about getting high from oxygen deprivation, and Nina soon has many girls participating. Windy is conflicted, but plays along until things go too far. Lopez (Confetti Girl), a former middle school teacher writing from personal experience, weaves facts about the choking game into her story and includes a list of online resources. Secondary story lines add little, but readers will relate to Windy's struggle, which is honestly related. An educational, issue-driven read that could be a useful discussion starter. Ages 12-up. Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Peer pressure in adolescence -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance in adolescence -- Fiction.
Asphyxia -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Middle schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 230 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545418225
0545418224
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