Coteau Books

October 2010

$14.95 US

200p pb

ISBN: 978-1550504118

Fishtailing

Wendy Phillips

from Coteau Books...

High School. Four lives caught up in a game. The problem with games like this is that there may be winners, but there are always losers.

Physical and psychological violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the poems of four unforgettable high school students: Natalie, Kyle, Tricia, Miguel. Their stories unfold in this explosive new book, told in free verse. A story of teen angst like no other, it is based on fictional characters but is rooted in the realities of the teen experience.

When Natalie moves to a new high school she befriends 3 unwitting victims into her spider-web of manipulations, lies and deceit. Through the poetry and assignments of an English class we glimpse the world of the 4 teens. Natalie, whose alcoholic parents, years of neglect and ultimate rape by her father’s friend has shaped her into a cruel and manipulative teen; Tricia, dealing with her blended family  is drawn into Natalies’ forbidden world of partying and rebellion; Kyle, a would-be musician is in love with Tricia and Miguel who lusts for Natalie while hiding the secrets of his family.

The story weaves us through their lives via their poetry, and culminates at a party where the four lives fishtail out of control.

English class will never be the same.

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