Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

When sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental hospital, she truly believes she made the most popular girl at her private school “disintegrate” and die.  She saw this with her own eyes, and has already confessed to it numerous times to both her parents and the police.  But Tori’s body was never found, and you can’t just make another person disappear into thin air, right?  Despite all logic, Alison believes she has killed Tori and that it’s somehow connected to her extraordinary sensory abilities, that allow her to taste colors and see sounds.  Her mother has always believed that Alison is mentally damaged in some way, and has always kept an emotional distance between the two of them.  And now she acts like she’s afraid of her own daughter, hardly even visits the hospital, and eventually refuses to allow her to come home out of fear for her younger brother’s safety.  It’s not until Alison meets Dr. Farady, that she learns she has an actual condition called synesthesia, and that maybe she’s not crazy after all.

This book is full of plot twists and surprises, and will keep readers enthralled and on their toes to keep up.  While I found the ending a little disappointing, I think many readers will love this title because Alison is drawn so skillfully by Anderson, that one is quickly pulled into her world.  I recommend this to teen girls, especially fans of paranormal romance.

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