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‘Black Chalk’: college story with a twist

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Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer

For some people, books are not the ideal way to spend free time, especially when you have little time to spare in the first place.  However, if you find the right book to read, you may discover that it is just the escape you needed.

Black Chalk by Christopher Yates will certainly keep you reading.  It is hard to say anything about the storyline, because the best way to experience this book is to go in blind.

Without giving too much away, the novel is about six Oxford students who decide to play a game.  It begins with Chad, an exchange student from America, and Jolyon, a local Brit.  These two boys immediately become best friends, and as they develop the idea for the game, they recruit four other students to join them.

The story takes place between the 1990s and present day.  The narrator, while trying to rediscover himself, reveals the game and how it all happened, and how it is still going on.

Things never seem to go as planned, but that’s what makes life an adventure and this book such a thriller.

The ending is brilliant and will leave you questioning all that you read.  This book is disturbing, thrilling, and can leave you dizzy with thought.

This story of six friends, a huge amount of money, and deadly consequences is certain to keep you busy.  Whether you are looking for something to do in your free time or something to do while waiting for class to start, you will undoubtedly be entertained.

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