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Nash, Naomi. Senses Working Overtime.

NASH, Naomi. Senses working overtime. Dorchester. 193p. c2005. 0-8439-5404-3. $5.99. JS

Once again, Kaylee has allowed herself to be taken in by the manipulations of one-time friend Annabelle and her boyfriend. That's how Kaylee finds herself in an elevator in downtown New York, being taken by the thug Carl to withdraw money from her father's bank account. She has decided to make a break for it. Then, there is a brief blackout in the elevator. Another teen passenger gets off at the very next floor, and Kaylee snatches the opportunity to escape. It looks like she is safe from Carl when a total blackout traps the elevator before he can exit, too. Now she just has to deal with the chaos of a city without electrical power and decide if she can trust the handsome, but possibly dangerous boy she just met on the elevator. She has to be careful, as she knows her synesthesia could be giving her false or mixed messages about what's real and what's not. Perhaps most importantly of all, Kaylee needs to make it back home to Brooklyn before her tough, military father gets home at seven o'clock. With the subway out and traffic deadlocked, it seems clear to Kaylee that she has no choice but to trust the elevator boy. Now, she just has to hope that this isn't another mistake like the one she made with Annabelle and Carl.

Naomi Nash presents an interesting "what if" situation in this contemporary novel. The story takes place over just seven and a half hours, and Nash does a good job of portraying the tension of a major metropolitan city under such conditions. Kaylee's sense of her growing attraction to Ramon is realistic, and her synesthesia is an intriguing affliction. This could be a good addition to most teen library collections. Heidi Hauser Green, Pittsburgh, PA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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