The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

By Lindsey Lee Johnson
An unforgettable cast of characters is unleashed into a realm known for its cruelty--the American high school--in this captivating debut novel.

The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.

Lindsey Lee Johnson's kaleidoscopic narrative exposes at every turn the real human beings beneath the high school stereotypes. Abigail Cress is ticking off the boxes toward the Ivy League when she makes the first impulsive decision of her life: entering into an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. Dave Chu, who knows himself at heart to be a typical B student, takes desperate measures to live up to his parents' crushing expectations. Emma Fleed, a gifted dancer, balances rigorous rehearsals with wild weekends. Damon Flintov returns from a stint at rehab looking to prove that he's not an irredeemable screwup. And Calista Broderick, once part of the popular crowd, chooses, for reasons of her own, to become a hippie outcast.

Into this complicated web, an idealistic young English teacher arrives from a poorer, scruffier part of California. Molly Nicoll strives to connect with her students--without understanding the middle school tragedy that played out online and has continued to reverberate in different ways for all of them.

Written with the rare talent capable of turning teenage drama into urgent, adult fiction, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with sorrow, passion, and humanity.

Praise for The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

"Alarming, compelling . . . Here's high school life in all its madness."--The New York Times

"Unputdownable."--Elle

"Impossibly funny and achingly sad . . . [Lindsey Lee] Johnson cracks open adolescent angst with adult sensibility and sensitivity."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] piercing debut . . . Johnson proves herself a master of the coming-of-age story."--The Boston Globe

"Entrancing . . . Johnson's novel possesses a propulsive quality. . . . Hard to put down."--Chicago Tribune

"Readers may find themselves so swept up in this enthralling novel that they finish it in a single sitting."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)



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Advance praise for "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth"" " In sharp and assured prose, roving between characters, Lindsey Lee Johnson plumbs the terrifying depths of a half-dozen ultra-privileged California high school kids. I read it in two chilling gulps. It's a phenomenal first book, a compassionate "Less Than Zero" for the digital age. Anthony Doerr, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "All the Light We Cannot See" An astonishing debut novel, Lindsey Lee Johnson's "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" plunges the reader into the fraught power dynamics between (and among) high school teachers and students with both nuance and fearlessness. With a stunning constellation of characters' voices and a fiercely compelling story, it's impossible to put down, or to forget. Megan Abbott, author of "You Will Know Me" and "Dare Me" "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" is a deftly composed mosaic of adolescence in the modern age, frightening and compelling in its honesty. . . . A terrific debut, and one that I didn t want to put down. Julia Pierpont, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Among the Ten Thousand Things" "" In her superb first novel, "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth," Lindsey Lee Johnson deftly illuminates a certain strain of privileged American adolescence and the existential minefield these kids are forced to navigate. Elegantly constructed and beautifully written, it reads like Jane Austen for this anxious era. Seth Greenland, author of "I Regret Everything "and "The Angry Buddhist""



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Publisher Not available
Publish date 01/10/2017
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9780812997279
ISBN-10 0812997271
Language English

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