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. Volume XX Number 5. . . .October 4, 2013
Vicki Grant’s latest novel, Triggered begins with the main character, Mick, ending a long-term relationship with Jade. Ending the relationship is easier said than done for both parties. Mick has a strong attachment to Jade’s younger brother, Gavin, who suffers from severe and mysterious migraines. Though Mick tries to move on from the relationship by dating other girls and focusing on his studies, he also seems to be needed by Jade more and more. Jade’s health turns for the worse, and Gavin’s migraine attacks are getting more frequent. Mick’s friends suspect that there is something more going on behind the scenes, something to which he is turning a blind eye. It is not until a freak car accident that Mick finds out the truth.
Triggered is a great read for both males and females. Vicki Grant has woven a story about teenage relationships that is both gripping and believable. She also touches on themes such as mental illness, co-dependent relationships, and poverty. Triggered would also make an interesting novel study for multiple grades and is highly recommend for middle-school and high school libraries.
Mark Mueller is the Education Librarian at Tyndale University College in Toronto, ON.
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