Well Below Heaven
Seventeen year old Kelly is in a spartan boarding school in northern Idaho, sent away for drugs--as planned. Her little brother Sammy is left home in Missouri, getting ready for high school. He is quirky, quick, writes dark poetry and longs to play football. He's also got a nose for trouble, and Kelly has left a truckload. And it's sordid and dangerous. Her sadistic ex is involved, so is one twisted teacher, and so is the object of Sammy's crush. Kelly warns him away, to no avail. He's in too deep, and the repercussions could shock the town, and cost him his life.
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"Idyllwild Eliot's Well Below Heaven is a dark novel of sibling loyalty... rich with the joys and miseries of teenage life...that will warrant comparisons to the work of Laurie Halse Anderson or Walter Dean Myers, relating stories of adolescent challenges without condescending or moralizing."
--Foreword Reviews -- 4 Stars
"Idyllwild Eliot's edgy, epistolary YA novel takes readers on an absorbing emotional roller coaster...language and content that includes references to sex, child/teen pornography (which figures large in the plot), abortion and drugs make the novel best suited for older teens.
This content, however, never feels prurient or gratuitous, and Eliot's skillful writing and deft characterization create a story adults may savor as well. Readers will surely find themselves thinking about Well Below Heaven long after turning the last page"
--BlueInk Review -- Starred Review
"...leading to a series of shocking incidents...That these events don't feel gratuitous is due to Eliot's skill in building up to them and to the achingly realistic voices revealed through Kelly's and Sammy's letters, reflecting the teens' angst, anger, betrayals, triumphs, new insights, and the subtle changes that take place with the passage of time and their life experiences."