The Brothers Grimm meet Mean Girls in Christine Walde s edgy YA debut novel, the story of a young girl and her friend, a mysterious misfit named Megan Chalmers, who join forces at an exclusive private school to combat a powerful trio of teen tyrants. United by their outsider status, the girls soon discover that they share an obsession with candy in all its addictive, sugary incarnations. During the course of an eventful school year, the two friends ward off grief, loneliness, and the spectacularly cruel tactics of their tormenters by consuming mind-boggling quantities of jawbreakers, tootsie pops, slime balls, and other sugary confections -- while Megan spins dark, disturbing stories that help them cope with the stresses in their lives. Strong language and adult themes may make this subversive little novel inappropriate for the youngest, most impressionable readers. However, we would not hesitate to recommend The Candy Darlings for older teens struggling to find their way in the emotional landscape of adolescence.
Author: Christine Walde