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I really enjoyed this book!
Sara Shepard’s' Pretty Little Liars' and The 'Lying Game' books have really soured me on the 'bag things happening to popular girls' genre. Her characters are unsympathetic brats; her books are poorly plotted so that she can drag the mystery out for a whole series and her narrator grating to listen to.
Todd Strasser, however, has done the same genre much, much better.
Somehow a man was able to write far less annoying teenage girls! While they were not exactly complex they weren't just stereotypes trying not to seem like stereotypes by having really specific Starbucks coffee preferences (urgh…a pet peeve of mine in teen literature)!
I also found parents, teachers, cops etc all normal/relatable unlike the caricatures used to create problems for the main character in so many other YA books.
As I said the lead wasn’t exactly complex, she just seemed normal and worked for the story but she also came through for herself, not having to rely on a cute boy which I love seeing.
Initially the book makes you feel a little clueless because so many points of view bombard you with little explain but that’s builds genuine intrigue for the reader AND it is rewarded as things slowly become clearer.
Chunks of mystery are not spelled out for readers either – yes, you’re treated as if you have half a brain and have to put bits and pieces from the various points of view together!
I also love how it had almost a slasher movie vibe with some chase/stalking scenes and they actually put me right on edge. Of course, I was walking to my car late at night through empty hospital grounds at the time…. Still I can honestly say the book gave me some chills.
The narrator is a problem. She’s pitched and squeaky and sounds so similar to the one that does Sara Shepard’s books I kept forgetting this wasn’t one of hers…you know, until the plot starting going somewhere and reminded me it couldn’t be!
Anyway, I’d definitely recommend this as a teen mystery and will check out the rest of Todd Strasser’s work!
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I certainly enjoyed this audiobook. The book itself is extremly well written, holds quite an original plot and gives the listener an insightful glance into true teenage life. The tension at times is built up very effectivly and can have you gripping tightly to the edge of whatever you're sitting on. However the narrators voice i couldn't help but find a little irritating at times dispite having nothing against Americans! It could just be me having grown up for years to the sound of Stephen Fry's Deep, British voice and my ears are reluctant to change to Emily Bauer's more light and girlish tones. I would recomend this book to any 12-18 year old who's looking for a long thrilling if rather irritatingly narrated story to pass the time.
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