By Eireann Corrigan

A inner most academy. A cult chief. a lady stuck within the middle.

After Greer Cannon discovers that shoplifting could be a game and intercourse could be a superpower, her mom and dad pack her up and ship her off to McCracken Hill-a cloistered academy for stricken children. At McCracken, Greer chafes lower than the frilly platforms and self-help lingo of healing schooling. Then Greer meets Addison Bradley. A good-looking, charismatic neighborhood, Addison turns out virtually as dedicated to Greer as he's to the 12 steps. while he introduces Greer to his mentor Joshua, she unearths herself captivated by means of the older man's calm knowledge. ultimately, Greer feels understood.

But Greer begins to question: the place has Joshua come from? What does he wish in go back for his tips? The extra she digs, the extra his lies are uncovered. whilst Joshua's impression over Addison edges all of them towards threat, Greer makes a decision to confront them either. unexpectedly, she unearths herself at the open air of Joshua's circle. And rapidly, she discovers it isn't secure there.

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It didn’t occur to me to invite your sponsor to your birthday party. You got angry. ” Addison finally looked up. I’d changed his score from 168 to 2. ” He smiled. The really good kind of smile that spread slowly across his face. ” “But . ” I waited for the excuses. “But nothing. You’re completely in the right. ” “That’s pretty bad, right? ” Addison wrapped his arms around me. I could feel the eyes of the others. Ms. Ling was probably outlining her next abstinence lecture. He drew me closer. ” Addison kissed me in the middle of the bowling alley.

Joshua paused and I thought that maybe he wasn’t going to answer until I d id. But then he said, “I just cared. You think you know what that feels like but it’s possible that no one’s ever cared for you before. Not your last boyfriend. Not your mother. We give each other so little. Maybe your mother was a little more than indifferent to you. Maybe your boyfriend cared about you. ” “That was it? ” 52 “See, that’s how I k now you’ve never been cared for,” Joshua said. ” We sat in silence for a minute or two.

Joshua kept talking. “Addison shouldn’t be your bulletproof vest. ” I told myself Joshua was just spewing metaphors, searching for an image that would stick. I clutched at the one that didn’t involve handguns. ” “That’s right,” Joshua said. ” It came out before I e ven had the chance to wonder if it was weird. But Joshua just nodded to himself. 50 “Addison and I m et once in a p arking lot, but he doesn’t remember. I used to buy him liquor. ” I s hook my head. ” Joshua shrugged. “I was a drunk, spent most nights on the curb, waiting for kids to show up at the store to buy booze.

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