Darkness Before Dawn (Paperback)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442489158, 233pp.
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper's award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy, now in trade paperback with a new cover. In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Andy, she finds comfort in the attentions of the new track coach, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Hathaway, the principal's son. How can Keisha not be swept off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome "lemon drop wrapped in licorice" who treats her like a woman, not a girl? But suddenly this intoxicating relationship takes a frightening turn, and Keisha is once again plunged into the darkness she's fought so hard to escape. Will Keisha ever be able to find her way back into the light?