Books – TORN


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About TORN:


A group of Southern Californian teens learn pivotal lessons about sexuality, friendship, love and life.


It was different this time; we weren’t acting on a dare. I knew our motive; we were practicing the act, hoping to impress the right boy when it came time. But then something happened in the mix of the moment, in the mix of the alcohol. It wasn’t planned, but somehow our kissing experiment turned into something else. Things went further . . . and once they had, once I returned to earth from the euphoria . . . I wrestled with my feelings at that frank realization, questioning whether our said objective was entirely true.

When fourteen-year old Krista McKinley transfers from Catholic school in Ohio to California’s public Crestmount High, she discovers she has a lot to learn. Luckily, she is befriended by Carrie and Brandon and things start to look up. But when a simple dare tests Krista’s values, it sends her entire world spiraling into a confusing series of events that leaves her questioning her identity as well as the people around her.

Expanded Synopsis:

Krista McKinley doesn’t realize what awaits her when she’s uprooted from an Ohio convent school and placed in a California public school her ninth grade year. Carrie is the first to befriend Krista and soon after she becomes friends with the enigmatic Brandon. The three quickly form a close friendship.

But when a harmless dare to kiss Carrie on Homecoming night escalates into something beyond her expectations, Krista questions her feelings and her sexuality. Unhappy in her uncertainty and on a quest to determine her sexuality, Krista asks an unlikely question of Brandon: will he take her virginity? The experience leaves both with feelings deeper than wanted for the other.

While still struggling with her friendship with Carrie, matters become more complicated when Krista manifests an unhealthy infatuation with Daemon, a religious mentor far older than she in order to escape her desire to date the romantically unavailable Brandon. Krista and Brandon’s night together was an experiment, nothing more, and worse, an experiment that hurt and betrayed many of their closest friends.

Ultimately, Krista has to decide where her heart will lead her. Because when Brandon and Daemon both reveal their own secret feelings the week before Christmas, Krista realizes it isn’t only her heart that’s at stake.

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three