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Electronic book text Edition 2018
"Caleb led me into the party. He'd invited me because he could. He'd kissed me because he could. Just like his dad, Caleb lived in a world of could and we drifted from room to room on the privilege of it." Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished. Tormented throughout middle school, she begins her freshman year with new clothes, new hair, and a plan: she doesn't need to be popular, she just needs to blend in with the wall paper. It's a lonely existence, but at least no one's tripping her in the halls. In fact, no one notices her at all. Until Caleb Breward, son of a local real estate developer. He tells her she's beautiful, and he makes her believe it. She falls for him, the only person who truly sees her. Ellie loves Caleb, but sometimes she doesn't like him that much - his awkward smile, the possessive way he touches her. Thanks to Caleb's father's company, he has access to zombie homes, the abandoned homes left behind during the economic collapse, which provide he and his brother with a location to carry out their darkest wishes. And on one black night, she discovers the monster her boyfriend really is. Ellie wasn't the first, but now, she watches them do it again and again. She tries to hold onto her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her. The problem is that no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place. ?The Lovely Bones meets Asking For It - this is the searing, heartbreaking story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.