Friday, June 5, 2009

Wherever Nina Lies

Lately I've been reading a lot of books with similar themes: high school girl disappears, leaves clues that only one person can interpret, friends/sibling attempt to find girl by following clues. Some examples: Paper Towns by John Green, The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Stella Lennon, one other one that is on the tip of my tongue...anyway, here's another one. I really liked it.

Wherever Nina Lies
by Lynn Weingarten
Young Adult Fiction

Available now in hardcover

Ellie is a normal teenager: she gets decent grades, has a wonderful best friend named Amanda, works as a barista in a local coffee shop. But she can't stop thinking about her sister Nina, who disappeared without a trace two years earlier. Ellie's mother refuses to acknowledge the fact that Nina is missing. Amanda is starting to get bored with Ellie's sadness. When a clue to Nina's whereabouts appears out of nowhere, Ellie must decide if she'll follow the trail alone or let Nina go--and then she meets Sean. I liked this book. I thought that it was a lot more realistic than many of the teenager-solving-mystery-and-having-simultaneous-romance stories. Ellie is a very believable character who says and does the things that teenagers do, and she experiences doubts and misgivings that a lot of teenaged detectives don't.


Ann said...

For a twist on this, take a look at UNDISCOVERED GYRL by Allison Burnett. It's a Vintage Trade Paperback original coming out in August and it is decidely NOT Young Adult. Here's a cool video that you might like:

A Million Words said...

My boss is reading it right now. I have dibs on the galley when she's done. : )