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Dear Christine, This summer I read an amazing book, and I think should read it too. It is called Stained, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. It is a book with a good plot line but it is not so full of action that it takes away from the meaning.

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Christelle LaRocque Ms. Kostecki Grade 10, Pd. 4 9/13/10 Stained Dear Christine, This summer I read an amazing book, and I think should read it too. It is called Stained, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. It is a book with a good plot line but it is not so full of action that it takes away from the meaning. Jocelyn, the main character, has two boys in her life. And a priest. One of the qualities of the book that makes it interesting is that Jocelyn's life is so similar to our own. She grows up being the neighbor of Gabe, a boy who turns into the high school's "golden boy, an all-star." Her fate, however, takes her to the fringe of the social rank, partially because she is a shy girl. She only exists in Gabe's home life. They share a secret friendship that no one else knows about, but Jocelyn always hopes that he will see it as something more. ...read more.

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I have been through this, so I know when you really love someone, there are no other ways. You cannot go around it. So I must agree, being just friends with the one you love is nearly impossible. So finally, Benny goes to Jocelyn and tells her exactly what is going on. He tells her how closely acquainted he is with Father Warren and how much he asks about Benny's life and Jocelyn is not very happy to hear it. It breaks her already cracked heart when Benny says, "'I tell him the truth. What do you think I tell him?" "And what does he say?" "He tells me that you are not of God. You are temptation. God has his angels and his demons, and you are a demon, Jocelyn. You are in partnership with the devil"' (155-156). This is a very sad part in the book. I almost cry when I read it. I would be permanently broken if someone I trusted and loved said that to me. ...read more.

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So under these circumstances, this action does not surprise me. It surprises me because she is shy. So I have to acknowledge her bravery when she makes the decision to confront Father Warren about his comment. She goes to Father Warren's office, and she sees a photo on his desk. It is the picture from over the doorway of Gabe and his brothers' hideout in the woods. It has been years since she had been there but wonders if no one has looked for him there. She leaves and heads there right away. Before I get too carried away and accidentally tell you the ending, I'm going to stop here and let you decide if you want to find out what happens. I hope you take my word and do so. Stained really is an amazing book. I am half way through my third time reading it, and it never gets old. You'll learn a few life lessons yourself while the characters do. Each page you turn gets more and more exciting in a way that can only be described as emotionally deep. It is a quietly, powerful story, definitely worth reading. Your Best Friend, Christelle LaRocque ...read more.

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