Shock Point is Realistic

Alec Eaton, Staff Writer

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Shock Point is a 2006 novel written by April Henry.  The novel follows the life of Cassie Streng who figures out that her step-father Rick is a psychiatrist who prescribes deadly drugs to children. Cassie tells her friend Thatcher about it and tries to tell her mom about it but is taken away by two men.

The book is unknown to most people because when most people hear the name April Henry, they think about Girl, Stolen or The Body in the Woods. Still, this book should be read because it’s suspenseful and is a different kind of utopia that could become a real-life problem. Also, the book got 5 stars on Goodreads from 526 readers who read the novel.

The thing I like about the book is that it’s relatable. When Cassie is taken away from her mom, she shows what most teenagers would do if they were getting kidnapped. Also, we stick with Cassie throughout her journey and don’t drift off to other characters in the story. At the beginning of the story, the book gives us a flashback to help the reader know who she is and what is going on.

The thing I don’t like about it is that it’s another giant cliché movie. Who hasn’t seen a movie where the adults are completely clueless about what’s going on in their child’s life and where the stepparent is the villain.

I rate the book a 4/5 because the book drags on and has every cliché possible, but it still has realistic characters.