By: Nina Weingarten
Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Ellie just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth. (from Amazon)
Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 45
Drugs, Alcohol, Etc.: 5/10
Sexual Content: 4/10
Aimed at: 13 and up
# of pages: about 336 pg.
Written in: 1rst person narrative, teen girl
Released on: February 1, 2009
Tone: cute, funny, and surprising
Pros: Great main character and unexpected twists
Cons: some of the characters weren't developed enough or seemed unreal with their actions
I personally loved this novel. It was a great debut and I look forward to more of Lynn Weingarten's future books. This book had just the right amount of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. The only thing that bugged me was that the clues to find Nina seemed almost effortless to find and uncover. Also the relationship between Ellie and Sean seemed to come too fast to be believable though I fell in love with them anyway. The relationship between Ellie and her mom seemed a little weird also. Ellie's mom just didn't seem to care about where either of her daughters were or whom they were with. I could easily relate to Ellie as most anyone with a sister could which was nice. This book took me a while to get hooked into but once I was into the novel I couldn't put it down. It had a lot of suspense and great feelings. There are pictures of Nina's drawings throughout the book which I assume will only help you to figure out the characters and their secrets but since my copy was an ARC I didn't get to enjoy them. Ellie's emotions were very realistic for each situation. Overall this book was a great debut novel and even though it lacked some plausible points in the story it had the suspense, romance, and humor that every good story needs.
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