Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Diana: The congressman's perfect daughter - smiles when she's supposed to, wears the right clothes, does the right things.
Rashid: The dutiful son and Muslim - trying to follow the rules, but wanting to be seen for who he is rather than the stereotypes his religion brings upon him.
Z: The orphaned and angry rebel - struggling to survive after cancer robbed him of his mother and rage has gotten the best of him.
Tad: The recently "out" football player - trying to come to terms with who he is in a world where not even his family understands.
Cas: The bullied new-girl - working to make everyone else happy at the cost of her own self-worth.
Frankie: The star quarterback with secrets - always expected to be a winner, out to please everyone who expects anything from him.
These six high schoolers have little to nothing in common, but as they set out on their individual missions for the last days of summer, they find themselves trapped in a burning and crumbling school that's been rocked by a series of bombs. Struggling to survive, each of their stories slowly unfolds as readers try to figure out who the bomber really is and what could motivate someone to take such drastic measures.
This is a coming-of-age story that we wish didn't have to be written, but unfortunately is far to common. Charbonneau tells an honest, emotional, tragic, and timely story.
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