Exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy, sixteen-year-old Andrew Winston Winters means to forget everything about his past—his dead siblings, his estranged parents, his own explosive rage. Even his name.
It’s for the best.
But forgetting doesn’t come easy for Win. Not when what matters has been the source of so much pain. Not when there are people who care about him whether he wants them to or not. How far will he go to protect himself? Will he surrender his sanity to the darkness inside his mind? Or will he learn to make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.
Alternating between Win's tragic past and the isolation of his present, Charm & Strange weaves a haunting, unforgettable portrait of grief, madness, and ultimate resilience.
About the Author
STEPHANIE KUEHN holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming.
Praise for Charm & Strange…
"[a] taut psychological thriller...difficult to put down."--Horn Book magazine “A high-powered voice rich in charismatic style and emotional intensity illuminates this ambitious debut.”--Kirkus reviews "Kuehn absolutely nails the voice and keeps us on constant edge."--Booklist "Twisted, and twisting. Relentlessly compelling. Lush storytelling. A must-read." —Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Triangles, Fallout and Tricks "...haunting...Charm & Strange is a shocker of a page-turner that unravels brilliantly from both ends." —Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling author of Dead to You "Charm and Strange is a story of blood and family and the animal inside—and it’s ferociously real. " — Blythe Woolston, author of Catch & Release