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Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.

If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend . . . if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

“Powerful and compelling.ˮ — Kirkus, starred review

“Frightening and effective.ˮ — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships.ˮ — School Library Journal, starred review


FINALIST: OLA White Pine Honor Book, 2011 • Goodreads Choice Finalist 2010 • Cybils Award, 2010

ALA Popular Paperback, 2012 • ALA Amazing Audiobook, 2012 • ALA Top 10 Quick Pick, 2011 • ALA Best Fiction for YAs, 2011

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