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The Smaller Evil

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The Smaller Evil

Arman has grown up with a hatred for both himself and his parents, and just when he feels there's no easy out to his situation, Beau comes in to his life. Beau is a kind, caring man who runs a self-help retreat, to which he invites Arman and two other people from his high school, popular kids who he doesn't feel he is very well liked by. But what Arman is most concerned about --- of all the things he has to worry about (what with running away from home and stealing money from his stepfather) --- is impressing Beau. He admires him and even though he is accustomed to messing things up, he knows he has to do good just this once, for Beau.

"THE SMALLER EVIL is a quick-paced novel that will keep you guessing the whole time, as well as delving deeper into the hidden personalities of the characters with each page. "

Even with this newfound determination to succeed and better himself, Arman soon finds things spiraling out of his control once he's at the self-help camp. With the compound full of all older people, strict rules, and questionable rituals, all three teenagers feel a little out of place, but especially Arman. He's used to not belonging, and he's used to messing things up, but the blame is piling up on him far more than usual and he suspects a bit of foul play. Arman has to decide whether his best bet is abandoning the compound and its conflicts or taking matters at the retreat into his own hands.

THE SMALLER EVIL is a mysterious novel full of elements of romance, suspense, and possible murder. Arman's own anxieties spiral into something much greater and before he's had time to evolve into a better person, he has to decide for himself what decisions he wants to make. His adventure is a journey of self discovery that makes the statement that not everyone is what they seem, as told by a tale of distrust, confusion, and chapters full of suspense. THE SMALLER EVIL is a quick-paced novel that will keep you guessing the whole time, as well as delving deeper into the hidden personalities of the characters with each page.

Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board Member on August 26, 2016

The Smaller Evil
by Stephanie Kuehn