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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
In Cassandra: And They All Fall Down by Julie Hodgson, Cassandra Jones has violently beaten Braydon Taylor, a six-year-old. But that was 10 years ago. Now Dr. Somner has taken her off her meds. As a 16-year-old, Cass enjoys hanging out at iCandy, an ice cream joint, with her best friends, Bindi and Leo. She attends Garden City High and loves learning Shakespearean plays from the handsome Mr. Mac. She's also in love with the town's newest resident: Braydon Taylor. But when she's alone, Cass battles incessant hand itching and hallucinations of creepy tentacles wiggling out of her skin. A compulsive need to run to remote locales places her at the center of an epidemic of dead teenagers being found at Jenson's Park. Will her alibi clear her of any wrongdoing or is there a serial killer loose in Garden City?
I was drawn into this dramatic work of fiction simply based on the beautiful yet sinister female that graced the cover. The action was dispensed at a moderate pace that kept me guessing. The dialogue was exceptional and accurately depicted teenage angst. It also added depth and credibility to the characters. I appreciated the fact that the storyline dealt with real world adolescent issues e.g. mental illness, homosexuality, murder, activism, dating, etc. Cassandra is highly recommended.