Sweet Pain by Richard Posner
  

Sweet Pain

Written by Richard Posner
Illustrated by

RRP £9.99

Synopsis

Sweet Pain by Richard Posner

Casey Gordon is lean and limber, a 17-year-old senior at Westfield High School. Casey is a bright, energetic, caring girl but she seems to need to be hurt. She injures herself a little too much in track competitions and she always falls in love with real losers. She doesn't really understand the conflicts inside of her and the feelings of unworthiness that set her up to get involved with Paul VanHorn. Paul is nineteen, and he graduated-under a cloud of scandal-from her high school the year before. Instead of going to college, he does construction work. A mysterious, attractive boy just over six feet and powerfully built, he is well-read, intelligent, and even romantic. He charms Casey and he pays attention to her deepest needs. But he comes from a terrible home-his father is an abusive alcoholic and his mother a submissive, suffering victim. Before long, Casey falls in love with Paul, even though he doesn't fit in with her friends, and he slowly draws her away from the world she has known. The first time Paul hits Casey, their romance becomes a bad dream. By that time, Casey is involved and she becomes torn between her fear of being hurt and her intense feeling that, for the first time ever, she matters to somebody. As Casey falls deeper and deeper into her dark romance, she gets hurt more and more seriously. Ultimately she finds herself in a hospital bed recovering from injuries inflicted by Paul, and her friends and coach start to get through to her and help her recognize that she matters to them. She realizes that she needs help and that help is there. She begins to see herself for what she really is-an intelligent, beautiful girl deserving of love-and she comes out of the darkness and into the light.

Reviews

Posner, a high school teacher, movingly and thoughtfully tries to explain the inexplicable: why a woman stays with a man who beats her...Posner's book proceeds at an inexorable pace and with mounting suspense that will keep readers turning the pages. Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Richard Posner is the author of Sweet Pain and four other novels for young adults. He is a teacher in the long Island, New York public school system.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
276 pages

Author

Richard Posner
More books by Richard Posner

Publisher

M. Evans& Co Inc an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield

Publication date

3rd March 2014

ISBN

9781590773185


It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools