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Walking Naked

By (author) Alyssa Brugman
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 31st Dec 2006
ISBN-10: 0571219276
ISBN-13: 9780571219278
Barcode No: 9780571219278
There are those who are popular. There are those who are outcasts. And there are those who must choose between the two. Megan Tuw has always been popular. As a leader of her high school's most cliquish group, she's among the anointed girls who think nothing of ridiculing those who don't fit in. That includes Perdita Wiguiggan--a classmate Megan and her friends openly refer to as the Freak. But Megan doesn't know the first thing about Perdita, since she would never dream of talking to her. Only when the two girls are thrown together in detention does Megan begin to see Perdita as more than someone with an odd last name, as more than the school outcast. And slowly, Megan finds herself drawn into an almost-friendship. Then Megan faces a choice: Perdita or the group? From the Hardcover edition.

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Megan Tuw, a not-very-likable teen, is self-absorbed and ruled by peer pressure. She bullies people in her group-her Australian high school's in-crowd-and ignores others who are "different" or not useful. Assigned detention for rudeness to a teacher, Megan gets to know Perdita Wiguiggan, an eccentric classmate, dubbed by her fellow students as "The Freak." As detention progresses, Megan reluctantly recognizes Perdita's brilliance and love of poetry while Perdita attempts to lure Megan into an unwanted intimacy that jeopardizes her standing in the group. The conflict between Megan's loyalty to her group and her budding admiration for Perdita's intelligence and ability to "walk naked" in the eyes of the world breaks down many of her defenses, leaving her bereft and enraged after Perdita commits suicide. Thoughtfully chosen, skillfully placed poetry by William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Andrew Taylor, and others enriches a provocative examination of peer pressure, the nature of loyalty and living with the consequences of betrayal. A painful look at the naked truth. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)