4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon!!!
AMAZON LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-High-Valerie-Ipson-ebook/dp/B00U1Q0QO8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1486414669&sr=1-1&keywords=ideal+high
“First-time author Ipson weaves a suspenseful mystery about the deaths of several students from a West Texas high school in a fire, an “after-party gone wrong.” Ipson deftly tackles universal themes of bullying, alienation, loss, and renewed hope as senior Taryn Young must decide if, as student body president and fire survivor, she can pick up where “good guy” Blake Montgomery left off and bring about positive change at the school. Smart, quick-witted, and open-minded, Taryn is an easy protagonist to root for…overall Ipson delivers a gripping story about self-discovery, growth, and overcoming tragedy.” Ages 12-up. – BookLife
“If Ipson set out to write a book with a lasting message and call to action, she succeeded tremendously. Ideal High is a well-written,well-intentioned read that can help spread a much-needed message in today’s society. – Suzanne Gattis, Pacific Coast Reviews
“When you read IDEAL HIGH the characters and their problems feel authentic. You know you could walk on campus and recognize each of the students you meet in the book.” – The Beehive Newspaper
Book Club Questions for IDEAL HIGH
- What was unique about setting the book in West Texas and how did it enhance or take away from the story? Could this story have been set anywhere?
- What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think she is trying to get across to the reader?
- Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself and your personal high school experience or that of others? Do you have regrets about how you treated others while in your youth?
- How does Taryn, change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes? Were there moments when you cheered for Taryn and the choices she made? Were there moments when you grieved with her for the hard things she faced?
- Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
- How did you feel about the characters? Whom did you like or not like and why? Did your feelings for a particular character change by the end of the book?
- What did you think of the ending? Was the ending hopeful that issues such as bullying or tragedy can be overcome not just in fiction, but real life?
- What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?
- Why do you think the author wrote this? What is her most important message?