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The Sharp Time

By: Mary O'Connell



Since her mother died, high school senior Sandinista Jones’ (Yes, she’s named after the Clash album.) life has been broken and lonely. And when a teacher does the unthinkable, Sandinista decides school, and maybe life, might not be worth it. Told over the course of one week, The Sharp Time, takes readers on the emotional rollercoaster of Sandinista’s life while she finds a job, stops going to school, possibly discovers her soul mate and plots revenge. With little else to cling to, Sandinista’s friendship with coworker, Bradley, begins to help her trust in the world again.  But is it enough to extinguish her anger?

Prepared by JulieFales, Shawnee Mission South High School Journalism Adviser, Overland Park, KS