The Serpent King

The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

Publication Information: New York : Crown, 2016

Summary:  Dill isn't the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school.  After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target.  Fortunately, his two misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back.  

But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him.  His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia--neither of which he is brave enough to share.  Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning.  But even before then, he must cope with another ending--one that will rock his life to the core.  

Debut novelist Jeff Zentner provides and unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one's true self in the wreckage of the past.   

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