Rating: *** Suggested Age: 14
Summary: “Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late. In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.”
As I first began the book, I was going to rate it two stars or maybe even one because I couldn’t stand the horrible depiction of teenagers. It was as though Lauren Oliver decided to exaggerate every single detail about teens and make them out to be the most law-breaking people ever. Not every high-schooler drinks and does drugs, nor do they have nearly as complex of love triangles as the one in this book. Personally, I don’t think teenagers are that bad, at least the ones I know. Then about halfway through the book, I started getting into it. I stopped thinking about the curse words used on practically every page and about the actual plot line. The ending is purely shocking and had me flipping through the entire book afterward to see the signs that pointed towards it. That’s why I love mysteries, they leave you with a feeling like you should have been paying more attention and thinking “Wow! That was so obvious now that I think about it! It all makes sense now!” While, I didn’t appreciate the depiction of teens and found the two main characters terrible role models (one of the reasons behind the suggested age being pretty high is that I think younger readers would think that it’s okay to behave like them), I did like the way the book turned out in the end. I found the ending creative and cunning, something I have never read before. I recommend this book to those who can get past some of the other issues this book provides and enjoy the plot itself.