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por Katherine Howe

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When girls start experiencing strange tics and other mysterious symptoms at Colleen's high school, her small town of Danvers, Massachusetts, falls victim to rumors that lead to full-blown panic, and only Colleen connects their fate to the ill-fated Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago.… (mais)
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It was really hard to get through. A YA book should not be this hard to read. The past/present shifts were difficult, due to completely different sets of language, and the short lengths. Just as I was reacquainting myself with what was going on, the book would shift to the other timeline. The past narrative had two shifts as well--protagonist telling a story to someone and then the actual first-person memory of events. Perhaps the author was attempting at mystery or requirement of reading between lines but it was not executed well. I was also not very attached or interested in any of the characters, except maybe Emma and her mother--but there wasn't enough to hold onto. ( )
  mimo | Dec 18, 2023 |
I liked this--it was an interesting read. I had no idea that the modern story-line was also based on a true story till the end. The mind is a crazy thing. ( )
  bangerlm | Jan 17, 2023 |
3.5 stars

This was a page-turner, and the modern story seemed so familiar, I had to peek at the author's notes at the end to see if it was based on something that really happened. It was. Obviously the historical segments in Salem were based on actual events.

The true story that this (the chapters set in 2012) is based on is fascinating and weird, and I enjoyed reading Howe's fictionalized version.
There was a little too much going on, though (a friend who has Pica and another who's had an affair with a teacher, on top of the mystery illness plot, made things kind of crowded in there.) I guess I can see why the Emma/Tad plot needed to be in there to support one of the possible interpretations of the ending. .
The Ann Putnam chapters got tedious after a while too, and it wasn't fun to read from her point of view. The present tense narration when she was telling Reverend Green her story from years before didn't make sense to me. Using the present tense when the setting is in the past drives me crazy anyway.
It was a good choice for teen book club. With the factual basis, the subject matter, and an ending open to interpretation, we'll have plenty to talk about. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Interesting juxtaposition between a contemporary "outbreak" of hysteria a la Salem and flashbacks to the original trials. Good portrayal of high pressure prep school culture, and some unexpected twists. All in all, I enjoyed it and it was a solid read. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
A mystery illness has struck the quiet halls of St Joan's Private School for Girls that has everyone in Danvers, Massachusetts on edge. With so many girls being afflicted with so many different, bizarre symptoms everyone is racing to try and discover what is causing the illness. Colleen is among the young students of St Joans, but has not been affected by the illness...yet. As she races against time to try and help solve the mystery of the illness, she may just discover another mystery hundreds of years old...one that Danvers would like to forget.
This was a great book that was woven with the tale of the Salem Witch trials to provide a historical perspective and tie to the City of Danvers...with a guest appearance by the Dane family! Another great read from Ms. Howe! ( )
  chrirob | May 22, 2021 |
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When girls start experiencing strange tics and other mysterious symptoms at Colleen's high school, her small town of Danvers, Massachusetts, falls victim to rumors that lead to full-blown panic, and only Colleen connects their fate to the ill-fated Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago.

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