Dead or in Love
Simon Pulse, 9781440570575, 286pp.
Publication Date: June 30, 2014
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Eighteen-year-old Monroe (named for Marilyn) is smart, but she's outsmarted herself. She's got a full-ride scholarship...and now, an arrest record. One more black mark and she'll be waiting tables for life. The fact that she's grown up with crime memorabilia in her very molecules doesn't help. Her special fascination has always been with outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde, whom Monroe romanticizes as something other than the cold-blooded killers they were. Monroe, however, is full of good intentions, until her dad hands her some relics--poetry written by Bonnie Parker and bullets taken from the bodies of the outlaws after they died in a shootout. That's when things get really strange. Those murderous slugs prove pretty dangerous to Monroe and her new friend, Jack, as well, who suddenly begin to feel that the spirits Bonnie and Clyde are actually taking over their personalities. But that's impossible. Or is it? The two outlaws--beautiful, ruthless Bonnie and her awkward sweetheart--seem more than willing to seize another chance at their loco life. Is it just Monroe's overactive imagination? Or can this actually be happening? If Monroe's just hallucinating, what about Jack? Then it becomes clear that Monroe and Jack have only days to get the outlaws back to hell, where they belong, or the two modern-day teens could end up just like Bonnie and Clyde did, together...and dead.
About the Author
Kym Brunner teaches reading and language arts, has been writing for tweens and young adults for ten years. An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she also spearheads two writing groups, one in person and one online.
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