Title: Hawthorne High
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Narrator: Rachel Leblang
Dylan Hatfield is the outcast in her new town. It isn’t just that her “crazy” grandmother scares people away, but the real problem lies with her best friends: They’re imaginary. Dylan’s bullied by her classmates to the point of physical abuse, and there’s no point in reporting it anymore.
She knows it’s crazy to still believe in imaginary friends when she’s about to graduate from high school, but they’re her only solace.
Then, they ask Dylan to help them possess the bullies. That’s crazy, right? It will never work.
When it does, horrible things start to happen around town. Dylan’s childhood friends might not be imaginary. They might be evil. Dylan must uncover the town’s past before there’s nothing left…and she loses her family and the boy she has always loved.
Dylan is an outcast at school. Thanks to the mean clique, she’s never fit in. To make up for it, she has imaginary friends. Or at least she THINKS they’re imaginary. When one of them makes the leap to possessing Dylan’s top bully, she’s forced to learn the truth of what her imaginary friends really are.
Jordan Elizabeth is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I love the suspenseful prose and the way the characters are created. The twist of male and female names in this story I thought was also interesting. Dylan was a very easy to relate to protagonist. I felt sympathetic toward her, and I loved how we got to see her evolve into a stronger character at the end.
The bit about her grandmother suffering dementia hit home for me. It was written in a very realistic lighting that made the book feel even realer. The plunge of normalcy to paranormal was also done well.
Narration was perfect.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.