Blink By Sasha Davis
There were four choices for the title Blink. One was a Batman graphic, another a rapture story, (religious rapture), and another a psycho-thriller. I chose this one. However, this is definitely more a late High School book than an early middle school. Mostly for the level of violence, most of it domestic, second for language and finally for some intimate personal interactions. The story is told in first person past tense by high school junior Josh Michaels who as a rising star on the football team and who should have it made except for a neglectful dysfunctional mother, an abusive ex-stepfather, a dope smoking friend, and twin little sisters who need his love and protection, and Chatham Claiborne, the most beautiful person he has ever met. Two storylines begin in the first chapter and finally meet fully in the last chapter. They are the story of four-year-old Rachel Bachton, kidnapped 11 years before our story begins and the mysterious Chatham Claiborne who shows up in this nowhere town north of Chicago. By the end, Chatham owns who she is and Josh does some growing up, but there is a lot of pain before that happens.