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The Cutting Room Floor
by Dawn Klehr


Overview - EXT. THE FROSTS' FRONT PORCH - NIGHT The camera moves in on RILEY FROST, a beautiful 17-year-old girl with long dark hair, crying on the porch step. RILEY (voiceover) The gossip has spread far and wide. My secret girlfriend publicly dumped and outed me at the same time, and now I'm on social death row.  Read more...

 
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Overview
EXT. THE FROSTS' FRONT PORCH - NIGHT The camera moves in on RILEY FROST, a beautiful 17-year-old girl with long dark hair, crying on the porch step. RILEY (voiceover) The gossip has spread far and wide. My secret girlfriend publicly dumped and outed me at the same time, and now I'm on social death row. But that's not the worst of it. My favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn, was murdered at school. Now I'm beginning to feel like I'm trapped in a whodunit movie. And I can't help thinking that Ms. Dunn's killer is close by. CUT TO: CLOSE UP: DESMOND BRANDT DEZ, a handsome 17-year-old boy, peers through his window at RILEY. DEZ (voiceover) I do this a lot--watch my life through the eyes of a director. I want to be that one person in charge. I wish I didn't crave control. But I do . . . badly. And though I might not be able to control Riley, I can help get her to where she needs to be. Convince. Persuade. Protect. I'll make Riley love me, even if it means I have to play the villain.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738738048
  • ISBN-10: 0738738042
  • Publisher: Flux
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 305
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 5.25 x 8.25 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.64 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

If Dez’s life were a romantic movie, by the end he would find a way to win over Riley, his neighbor, best friend, and secret crush. But as film fanatic Dez knows all too well, his life is the kind of movie “that would make the viewer uncomfortable.” That’s because Dez has been manipulating Riley’s life to ensure that her romantic relationships (with both guys and girls) never develop. The film he’s directing and she’s starring in is going to be their ticket to college and out of their depressed Minneapolis suburb; all Riley has to do is realize that Dez is the one. Meanwhile, Riley has been unceremoniously outed, and she’s consumed by suspicions about the unsolved murder of her favorite teacher. Debut author Klehr effectively uses Dez’s and Riley’s alternating voices to tell the central story (Dez’s chapters include screenplay-style filming notes), but there are too many complications, loose ends, and inconsistencies surrounding it, and she over-relies on the murder to darken a tale that’s already plenty dark and interesting on its own. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. (Oct.)

 
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