Modern Crucible tale here. Deenie Nash is a normal high school girl--boys, gossip, and mean girls are on her mind a lot. But when her best friend has a seizure in school and foams at the mouth, all hell breaks loose. Lise doesn't get out of the hospital, and when another close friend has similar symptoms, the entire town freaks out. Is it the HPV vaccine that the girls just received? Is it the nasty dead lake outside of town that no one is supposed to swim in?
Deenie's brother Eli and her teacher father are dealing with their own problems, too. Through it all, the reader is guessing the cause of the hysteria. Let's just say that I had my suspicions, but I was still surprised!