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Paper Covers Rock

av Jenny Hubbard

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In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.

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At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick. Caught in the web with Alex and Glenn is their English teacher, Miss Dovecott, fresh out of Princeton, who suspects there's more to what happened at the river when she perceives guilt in Alex's writing for class. She also sees poetic talent in Alex, which she encourages. As Alex responds to her attention, he discovers his true voice, one that goes against the boarding school bravado that Glenn embraces. When Glenn becomes convinced that Miss Dovecott is out to get them, Alex must choose between them.
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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
A review on the cover relates this novel to A Separate aPeace- a novel I thoroughly love. But, that is not a connection I make here. They are both set in a boarding school and there is a death- end of comparison. This novel has its own story, and I enjoyed it. The author weaves poetry in with references to Melville, Hemingway, and other greats while she crafts a story of coming to terms with tragedy and guilt and the choices we make. ( )
  karconner | Jul 5, 2016 |
Sensitive portrayal of a boy coping with the accidental death of his best friend. Terrific writing and the glorification of literature/writing/books is an added bonus.

Alex's best friend has died as a result of a diving accident at the local swimming hole. The boys had been drinking. Alex's role in the death is further complicated by doubts about the resuscitation and rescue efforts. In sum: Alex is carrying a load of guilt. He writes in a secret journal and his words help him cope but can only carry him so far. He can't talk to anyone for fear of being outed for the drinking (and expelled). In fact, he and his surviving friends conspire to cover-up and set up several fall guys for the incident ("The Plan"). Added to the mix is the fact that his English teacher (a mad crush) has witnessed part of the accident. How much does she know? How can they silence her?

In addition to the fine writing, "The Plan" as it unfolds creates a nice thread of suspense. The book is also a true-to-life look at a boy's first love (again, on his English teacher) the loss of innocence / coming of age. The author captures beautifully the climate of a boys boarding school (i.e., the male culture)

Alex's crush is sensitively handled but obviously carries a sexual component (he has erections; dreams of seducing her, etc.) Further, there is some hints of homosexual experimentation and name-calling (see "male culture" above!) All of this might rattle a few cages but, in this reader's estimation, is essential to the believability of the story.

Highly recommended. ( )
  mjspear | Apr 18, 2016 |
Set in a boarding school in 1982, Hubbard tackles young, male boarding school beliefs, and honor codes. Thomas drowns shortly after his 17th birthday, with the only witnesses being his friends Clay, Alex and Glenn. While trying to cover up their involvement, the boys learn that their favorite English teacher was also there. Alex wants to tell the truth, as he's in love with her, but can't bring himself to go against Glen and his plan. Under Glenn's tutelage, The Plan to get rid of the evidence, even if it means getting rid of their souls in the process, begins to fall into place. Hubbard's writing is disjointed at times, jumping from past to present, full of literary characters and references which all combine to keep the reader off-balanced proving good doesn't always win over bad. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
I bought this book a while back and finally got time to read it. It began a little slow but once I got more to the meat of the story it grew on me.

Plot: This is about a boy, who is in a private all boys school, and a tragic incident has happen. Alex feels let down that he was not on time to save his friend. This plot did move slow in the beginning due to the author giving the reader lots of background information. Once you get more to the middle and more lies and truths began to come out, the story begins to paint a bigger picture of what actually happened.

Web Of lies: I didn’t think that guys can lie as well as girls. These guys made lies on top or more lies, they fought and brought other down faster than a quarterback on a Friday night. I mean, really these guys could give mean girls a run for their money. We all knows that lies can only cover for so long and then before you know it, the truth comes out.

Ending: I really liked how in the end, all is revealed. The author did a great job leading the reader piece by piece till the very end.

This is great book. Not only is it small but it really packs a punch. It’s one of those stories that sticks with the reader even after its finished. I thought about it for days. About the lies and about the truth. Paper Covers Rock is a great read. ( )
  Bookswithbite | Apr 22, 2014 |
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In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.

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