Charm & Strange

Kuehn, Stephanie

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Charm & Strange
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

Published: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1250021944
Branch Call Number: YA KUE
Characteristics: 216 pages ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Charm and strange


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Mar 05, 2015
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Me, while reading this book:

Oh, is he?
I think he is.
Wait. What?

Good book!

Jun 03, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There are dark, dark secrets at the heart of this book. At the end of it, actually. The secrets drive Win toward self-destruction and drive readers compulsively onward toward that end--Win is both drawn to and terrified of his secrets; readers are compelled with anxious anticipation to keep reading non-stop, despite growing discomfort with each reveal. Something--possibly a number of somethings--haunts Win most terribly, making him an extreme person in all of his facets. Lonely, successful, arrogant, abrasive, obsessive, conquering, violent, and conflicted, he has a strong sense that he is a danger to himself and others. Yet he can't quite remember exactly why, only that he is rising toward a crescendo of revelations that will redefine and expose him. We ride that furious wave with him. The full unveiling of Win's secrets at the end might not be quite what readers are expecting, but they are all the more powerful--and disturbing--for it. And they ultimately, satisfyingly, lead toward hope. 4.5 stars.

May 07, 2014
  • AliReads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really harrowing, but very well written story. Definitely the kind to haunt you after you've finished reading.


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Jun 03, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am both ever evolving and ever decaying.

Jun 03, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From what I can tell, morality is a word. Nothing more. There're the things people do when others are watching and the things we do when they aren't.


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