TITLE: Ideal High
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Whose idea was it to broadcast the screen-sized faces of the dead to the farthest shadowy corners of the school’s auditorium? Everybody knew they were gone. Why emphasize the obvious, even for the sake of a memorial? And why no rain on this joyless day? Never a good Texas thunderstorm when you needed one. Instead, sunlight poured through the ribbon of windows high along the back wall of the school’s auditorium.
It fell across the podium where Taryn stood, making it too bright to read the first name on the list. When she finally focused through the glare to speak into the microphone, the name echoed across the vast auditorium.