Dakota Divided

 
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Dakota Divided
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14+
Release Date
May 25, 2011
ISBN
978-1618080134
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Fifteen-year-old Dakota Lester has never been accused of being popular, having friends or even being remotely attractive. Convinced that by becoming a sarcastic, obnoxious cut-up he can win friends and maybe even climb out of Infinity High School’s social septic tank, Dakota adopts the persona of “Lester the Jester” to mask the hurt of being unaccepted both at school and by a father who walked out on him when he was younger. Skinny as a rail and as athletic as a lima bean, Dakota wants nothing more than to break into student government, if only to sniff the hair of senior super-beauty, Addie Wilkins. But when Infinity High School’s own in-house bully, Blake Blanton, tags Dakota as his personal chew toy, Dakota quickly finds himself immersed in a dangerous world of vandalism and moral ambiguity. Warring with a lack of identity and burdened by feelings of abandonment by his father, Dakota begins to cozy up to the life of a con-in-training while also trying to discern his feelings for his best friend, a misunderstood “emo” artist named Erin. With Blake Blanton thumbing Dakota’s pressure points, Dakota must face his own personal demons and determine whether he can accept himself for who he is and not for what others want him to be. Dakota Divided is a tale of feeling comfortable in your own shoes and being able to love and forgive even in the toughest of circumstances. Witty, heartwarming and real, Dakota is able to make you laugh and cry—sometimes at the same time

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Dakota Divided
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At first I was disappointed that this book wasn't about the dividing of the Dakota territory (I love US History),but all kidding aside this was an incredible story. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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The characters were fantastic, especially Dakota and Blake in my opinion. The scenes with these two characters in it together were what made the book for me. The plot moves along at an excellent pace and you're never bored for a second. At every point in the story you'll just keep asking for more and more and more and you shall receive. By the end you're completely satisfied (maybe minus a few minor things), and you reflect on how this book can be applied to your own life.
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I predict Josh Clark will follow Dakota Divided with even better books as he goes from strength to strength.
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I'm old enough to give this book to my grandchildren (and I have!), but it speaks to me, too. Clark has taken what could be a nice story about one misfit kid and made it universal. His skill with description and ability to evoke all kinds of emotions, often at the same time, are enviable. Another good point: this book contains nothing "nasty" or inappropriate - and manages that without losing the real flavor of teen life. Buy it for your children, but don't neglect to read it yourself!
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We all have some Dakota in us
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I'm hoping Dakota appears in a sequel. :)
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This book had me laughing out loud, and shedding some tears, all within a few turns of the page. Very well written, with some over the top details of decription to help paint the story in your mind. Josh draws the reader in by connecting Dakota to our inner being, and we find out just how we all can relate to the character, his flaws, his behaviors, his choices, etc. I found myself rooting for this underdog the whole way through, and what a journey it was.
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Dakota Divided=Delicious Reading!
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Dakota Divided by Josh Clark is one of the most refreshing YA books I've read in a long time. Dakota Lester is a social misfit who really wants to fit in. Obsessed with Addie Wilkins, the hottest girl in school, and trying to keep his cheating father out of his life, Dakota gets himself into one hilarious mishap after another when Infinity High School's biggest bully decides to make Dakota his pet project. This a great book about love, friendship, and learning how to forgive. The writing is funny, the story is engaging, and the plot is relevant. If you like books that can make you laugh and cry at the same time, this one's for you. Dakota Divided gets two thumbs way up!
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I really liked Dakota Divided. Not only is it funny, but it is the perfect snapshot of the ups and downs of being a teenager. Dakota's language and delivery is what makes the book so funny, and the way it takes on tough issues like bullying and being the son of a deadbeat dad while still being fun and engaging is really cool. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a quick and funny read. I say five stars.
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