When fifteen-year-old Lydia Pasternak’s popular older brother Danny disappears late one summer night, she unwillingly becomes a celebrity in her community and an afterthought to her bereaved parents. In Danny’s absence, Lydia blossoms from a bookish outcast to the center of attention, all while grappling with her grudging grief for a brother she never particularly liked. When an intriguing private investigator enters the picture, Lydia finds herself drawn into the search for clues to Danny’s whereabouts. The shocking end to that trail of clues—an end that Lydia never prepares for—will haunt her for the rest of her life.
This was a required book for my first college English class. I was ecstatic when I saw it, because it was already on my amazon wishlist. I found it to be enjoyable from the start. It got you right in to the story and you instantly developed relationships with characters. It continued at a wonderful pace until about halfway through. At the halfway mark the book became dry. I no longer felt the desire to dig into it, as I once had. This continued on until the very last section of the book. It skips quite a few years ahead and becomes a “where are they now” story. I actually enjoyed that part.
I would give this book a B, because of the dry center. I would also rate the 14+ because of language and underage drinking. The book revolves around a kidnapping so it is intense subject matter.