Quaking by Kathryn Erskine
Quaking captures Matt's intensity as she moves to yet another home of a distant relative. Abused, isolated, bereft after her mother's death she tries to remain inconspicuous, flees from bullies, and cowers from conflict. And then she doesn't.
Erskine's writing is amazing and I could palpably feel Matt's panic and anxiety that alternates between paralysis and flailing. I also admire her stance against the war propaganda her Civics teacher seeks to entrench in his students.
I'd like to discuss this book with the group as I am aware of my leanings toward this topic (opposite to my aversion to THE PROM topic), so I acknowledge my bias. YAY for now.