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Before My Eyes

Caroline Bock

St. Martin's Griffin

In Caroline Bock's Before My Eyes, Claire has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets a guy online who appears to be a kindred spirit.  Claire is initially flattered by the attention but when she meets Max, the shy state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.  Working alongside Max at a beachfront food stand is Barkley. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head.   Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction. 

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Barkley

 
Monday, Labor Day, 9:58 A.M.
Mark the date. Labor Day. Monday. Nine fifty-eight in the morning. Today I am a lens, a pen, a gun.
Less than a half hour ago, my mother attempted to block my exit. Said I couldn’t have the car keys. She had made a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow for me and used that as an excuse for why I must stay in my bedroom. I am twenty-one years old and will not listen to her any longer.
I cannot get many places without a car on Long Island, but I could get here.
At the Lakeshore Community Park, one mile from my house, my fingers
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Praise for BEFORE MY EYES
 
"[a] gripping novel."--Publishers Weekly
 
"[an] unflinching thriller."--Bookpage
 
Praise for LIE
 
"Suspenseful and thought-provoking, this is a compellingly readable novel with a challenging theme and  memorable characterizations. A teriffiic choice to spark discussion and debate."--Booklist (starred review)

“Avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional.”--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important.”--Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Told in several voices, Bock creates a suspenseful, gripping, and powerful novel that will keep readers on their toes.”--Library Journal (Starred Review)

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Caroline Bock

  • CAROLINE BOCK is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novel LIE.  She  currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
  • Caroline Bock
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Before My Eyes

Caroline Bock

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