The Believing Game by Eireann Corrigan
When Greer Cannon’s parents finally gave up and sent her to a rehab center, she had no idea what was in store for her. Her parents were fed up with her constant shoplifting, promiscuous sex and drug abuse and hoped that the strict regime at McCracken Hill would teach the high school junior some important life skills. The last thing Greer expected was to meet Addison Bradley– the gorgeous, smart practically perfect boy she fell head over heels for. When he introduces her to his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Joshua, she is at first calmed by his nonjudgemental and supportive manner. But Greer shortly begins to realize that Joshua has an agenda of his own, and seems to hold an inordinate amount of influence over Addison. As she begins doubting everything Joshua says, her life begins to crumble, especially her relationship with Addison who is still devoted to Joshua.
I liked this book a lot. Corrigan deals with lots of hot topics: cults, teen addiction, and peer pressure. I think readers who like Ellen Hopkins’ books would like this novel, as well as people who are interested in cults or charismatic leaders (Jim Jones, Charles Manson, etc.)
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