Victim Rights

Victim Rights

Book - 2010
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John Spray Mystery Award finalist - 2011

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel for Juveniles finalist - 2011

In her third novel about the intense and difficult life of seventeen-year-old Ryan Dooley, Norah McClintock doesn't let up on the challenges and potential disasters faced by her complex protagonist.

At the heart of Victim's Rights is Dooley's girlfriend Beth, whose loving presence is a constant reminder to keep on the straight and narrow, away from the unsavoury life and shady characters that peopled Dooley's past. But when rumours start to swirl about Beth's possible unfaithfulness, Dooley's world is pushed to the brink - and it's up to him to unravel the increasingly complex truth, or be overwhelmed by the poisonous rumours swirling around him.

Norah McClintock's Dooley series is tautly and richly told. The stories explore the often dangerous urban world of today's teenagers. Far from being a role model, Ryan Dooley is much more - a character with layers of understanding of what's going on around him, a character who struggles to fight off the temptations that encroach so easily on him, a young man who above all is learning about loyalty and trying to do the right thing.

Publisher: Markham, Ont : Red Deer Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780889954472
088995447X
Branch Call Number: YA FIC McCli
Characteristics: 290 p. --

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Cdnbookworm Sep 14, 2011

This teen novel is part of the series featuring Ryan Dooley. Ryan is trying to get his act together after a crime he committed a few years before. He lives with his "uncle", who is a retired police officer, and he is back in high school.
He has a girlfriend, Beth, who is from a well-off family that don't like that he is part of her life. They tolerate him. In this book, Beth is going away to do a work project with her school friends, building homes for a charity. She has hidden from Ryan that a boys school will be going as well until the last minute. He is a bit resentful of this and makes that clear to her. She promises to phone him every day, but she doesn't.
When he hears that she has been flirting with a rich boy and perhaps more, he is upset. He must fight his emotions to find out what is really going on, and who is telling the truth.
This is a good teen novel, with lots of issues around relationships, truth, and perceptions. It also deals with the issue of power and class.
As usual McClintock does a great job of being in the head of a young man and expressing his inner thoughts.

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