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Wasted [Paperback]

Nicola Morgan
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Book Description

3 May 2010
Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack’s luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack’s game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406321958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406321951
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wear several hats: I write for teenagers and children - I have had around 90 books published, including award-winners and some best-sellers. And one of my favourite parts of that is doing school events and festivals.

I also write for writers who want to improve their writing and become published. I blog at the industry-acclaimed Help! I Need a Publisher! and have written the books, Write to be Published, as well as the ebooks Write a Great Synopsis and Dear Agent. These books are all regularly recommended by creative writing courses, as well as agents and publishers in the UK, US and elsewhere,

I campaign and speak up for the rights of writers and readers. I've been chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, created the Fair Reading idea and the complementary Our World Book Night.

I do a lot of public-speaking, in school events, at festivals, for writing groups and conferences.

Last, but very much not least, I tweet - a lot! My ebook, Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter, is a well-regarded help to individuals new to Twitter or wondering whether and how to get into it. Follow me on Twitter as @nicolamorgan or see my website at www.nicolamorgan.com

News: I've republished Mondays are Red as an ebook with brand new material. The video trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5bQXAGBzs&feature=g-upl

I do have an Amazon store, which used to show all my available books in one place, but Amazon have for some reason removed all the books. I am waiting for them to tell me why. The link is here: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwnicolamorg-21

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When danger, passion and chance collide…

About the Author

Nicola Morgan is the author of many critically acclaimed titles for older children and young adults, including Chicken Friend, The Highwayman's Footsteps, The Highwayman's Curse, Mondays Are Red, The Passionflower Massacre, Know Your Brain, The Leaving Home Survival Guide and most recently, Deathwatch. Her novels Fleshmarket and Sleepwalking both won Scottish Art Council prizes, the latter winning the Scottish Children's Book of the Year, and her non-fiction title Blame My Brain was shortlisted for the prestigious Aventis Prize. Nicola lives in Edinburgh.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and clever 25 April 2010
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This is a clever, clever book.

Fundamentally a tale of boy meets girl it is told in such a unique way, with a voice that manages to weave you into the minds of the characters and then take you outside of them, to see what they cannot see, and may never see.

The story is interwoven with "what ifs?", meaning you have to turn the page to discover the outcome of each decision, and the final twist is brilliantly executed, requiring the reader to actively participate. Having made your decision, and chosen your ending, I would urge you not to go back and read the alternative (if only there were some way of making sure you never could!) - not because one ending is better than the other, but because you are in danger of having it mess with your head!

You cannot help but wonder why this hasn't been done before - and it may be that other stories will be done this way in the future, though it is hard to imagine that they could be done better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling read!!! 22 April 2010
I'm a big fan of Nicola Morgan's previous books in particular her edgy YAs Deathwatch, Sleepwalking and Fleshmarket and this one ranks with the best of them. In fact I'd say it surpasses them as far as the uniqueness of the plot, the incredible characters and the thrilling story. I found it completely gripping and stayed up all night to finish it. I couldn't bear going to sleep without finding out what was going to happen to Jack and Jess. I think the voices of the main characters are beautifully imagined I genuinely cared what was going on in their world.The writing is muscular and taut and keeps the action moving.
Teen readers looking for a thrilling, twisty-turny story full of unexpectedness and a truly unique hook, should pick this up without delay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This year's Must Read! 21 April 2010
By Cateva
This is an incredible piece of fiction written by Nicola Morgan and for me, definately the new read of 2010 so far. I started reading it as a bookseller and kept wondering how the style, which is very different to anything else I have read for this market, might influence buyers. Then at about page 41, it simply pulled me in as a reader and I loved it! I have absolutely no worries about telling everyone to read this and will be encouraging not just young adults/teens but adults too as it's one of those rare YA reads that will cross-over successfully into the adult market. I made the mistake (?!) of reading it late at night, finishing at about 2am. Then spent a sleepless (yet extremely enjoyable) night thinking, philosophising and reflecting. It's a mighty powerful and rare novel that does all this whilst remaining a stonkingly good story!

The characters are strongly written and very believable clearly getting under my skin and making me care very deeply about what happened to them at the end. And it's the ending, amongst other things that makes this book different, almost unique. The underlying theme of the book is chance/luck/fate - call it what you like. Jack, in the book flips a coin to make decisions about his life and the reader is encouraged to do the same. Two endings, one choice. I flipped a coin, read the ending it chose for me - will the book end the same way for you and how will that make you feel?

The style - it made for some interesting debate at my book club and we all liked it. It's plucky, sinister, all-knowing and yet full of "what-ifs" which keep you biting your nails until the very end.

This book feels like a stroke of genius, combining a fast-paced story with romance and danger, success and family drama alongside some seriously thought-provoking happenstance. Fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Wasted Time 19 May 2010
I have seen comparisons online between Wasted and Luke Rhinehart's book The Dice Man, as well as the film Sliding Doors. The comparisons are valid - but Wasted is very much its own book. Nicola Morgan is a skilful writer who deals lightly with weighty philosophical topics - fate and free will, chance and causality - and deftly with complex social issues - alcoholism, bullying, knife crime. In fact, the reader doesn't even notice these, most of the time, because of the strength and believability of the characters she has created. Occasionally the authorial voice has echoes of 'Dear reader...' but even this isn't offputting, because it makes sense in context.

When I'm reading, I devour books: cover to cover in an evening, for preference. But I couldn't do that with Wasted. It was too good; I had to stop and think, feel, savour the experience so far and the possibilities to come.

In this book, Nicola Morgan does several things I don't like, such as addressing the reader directly and writing in the present tense. But I forgot all about how I don't like those things, somewhere around page 1, because I was so caught up in the story. And that's the bottom line: yes, it's beautifully written; yes, it's thought-provoking; yes, it's innovative - but most of all, Wasted is a really, really good story.

Buy it. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless 25 Nov 2010
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Wasted left me totally breathless and had me gripped from the start. It is incredible writing, very atmospheric and with brilliant young characters who I loved. It had me thinking about the seemingly insignificant and trivial choices that we make day to day and the consequences of those choices. It also captures the headiness of true love in your teens in a way that most writers only dream about.

This is definitely not just for young adults, the story and the depth reach out to a much wider audience and you will find something new and meaningful for you whatever your age.
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1.0 out of 5 stars My mother always told me....
...if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. However, I think it is misleading that this novel has 4 stars out of 5. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ace Ventura
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I agree with the other 1 star, I don't understand why people like this book so much. I feel it is more for YA. Nothing really happens and when it does it is not at all interesting. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by miss
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the toss of a coin
Boy meets girl in a series of small but significant event. A startlingly good book, not a typical boy meets girl by any means, a real treat. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by G. Whalley
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What a fabulous find! Such an original story when every one else seems to be jumping on the Vampire Love story band wagon. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by DaisyDaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
This is an extraordinary book which handles the story of two teenagers and the choices they are faced with in a unique way. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by The Invisible Librarian
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Published on 11 May 2011 by Joe Craig
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I was expecting alot from this book because of the reviews and was very disappointed. The book is frustrating and annoying and i didnt even finish it.
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by V. M. Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a waste of time
This is such a beautifully written tale of the original boy meets girl story... but with a whole load of "what if's" thrown in. But it IS more than that. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by Ms. J. Oberlander
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasted isn't simply a book to read, it's an experience
Nicola Morgan's unique voice hooked my attention from the first page to the last as I read Wasted. I read it in one sitting.

Two teenagers meet by chance. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2010 by Miss Pamela McIlroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different
Fantastic read. Nicola takes you on a journey where you find yourself questioning every move you make for some time afterwards. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by Babs O'Connor
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