~A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out. That space is called the INTERIM.~
High school seniors Jeremy Stahl and Regan Walters aren’t friends. Not even close. He’s a picked-on, picked-apart loser outcast. She’s a cool kid running with the popular crowd. It’s unlikely they’d ever speak to one another. Too bad he’s madly in love with her. But what does it matter anyway? He’s got no time for love. Only revenge.
Meticulously detailed in the pages of his battered red notebook is his master plan: April 14, 9:30 A.M., two guns, eighty rounds of ammo, backup knives, eleven victims. He’s finally ready to answer every single taunt, jeer, and flying fist—unwarranted abuse that’s spanned six years of his lonely life. He’s justified. He’s ready. But he never readied himself for her.
Regan finds his journal. She reads it, and when he discovers her intrusion, he has to switch tactics. She’s a liability now.
Better fix that.
Interim is a New Adult Standalone. It contains explicit language and disturbing images of violence, including gun violence. If school shootings are an especially sensitive subject for you, I encourage you to refrain from reading this book. – S. Walden
When I read the synopsis for Interim, I was intrigued and honestly, a bit frightened. But I also knew that if anyone can do a story like this justice, it’s S. Walden. She is daring, bold, and not afraid to share her ideas and creativity with readers. I knew that I had to read this book to get into the head of a student who was planning a school shooting. As a teacher in a high school, I wanted—no, needed to read this book. Bullying is real. High school is a horror show for so many. Feeling like an outcast is so common and what some of these kids do to fit in is horrendous. I see this EVERY DAY. Those who choose to conform to be accepted, those who choose to stay quiet and blend in so they are glossed over, and those who rebel and become their own person and say screw the consequences.
We’re in a modern day high school and are living the struggles these characters face daily. Every day, students are presented with a choice. Do I be who I want to be, or do I go along with every one else? Do I stay true to myself, or do I go along with everyone else just to fit in.
“People can be cruel, evil and sadistic. It happens all the time. It happens every day at my school. They’re vultures who prey on the weak, the lonely, the broken. The intimidate and humiliate, and they always seem to get away with it.”
Jeremy Stahl has been tormented most of his life, not only at school but at home. We learn all about his daily struggles, the hatred shown towards him and how he tolerates it all. I’m crying as I’m writing this because it is real. There are “Jeremy’s” in every school, in every town, and life just goes on. There is no real way to stop what happens.
Regan Walters is a popular girl with a popular boyfriend, but is really hating all that is going on around her. She doesn’t want to turn a blind eye to all that is happening and decides to make some changes in her life.
This is a story about a boy and a girl who form a bond, a friendship. It’s also a story about a school where every student has a voice, whether they choose to use that voice in a good or a bad way and how they all intertwine.
You will cry, you will hurt, you will feel. Summer’s writing is just phenomenal and captures just how real life is for so many high school students. It’s not a touchy-feely romance novel. But it is one that will open your eyes to real life. I’m not agreeing or making a political statement on my views. I’m simply stating that this is REAL LIFE. It will encourage you to talk to your kids or members of your family about what is right and what is wrong and how they can make a difference. It was brilliant and I applaud Summer for writing Interim. Incredible.
About S. Walden
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.
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