Monsters of the Deep, Elissa Schappeli, BLUEPRINTS FOR BUILDING BETTER GIRLS

by Patti Abbott

This is the first in a collection of linked stories. A high school girl with a reputation hangs on ferociously to the boy who claims to love her. As she endows him with confidence, it is clear he will use this to move away from her. This story did a great job of showing how fragile a reputation is at that age-how overnight things can change.