by Lauren Oliver
To be published by Harper Teen
on March 10, 2015
Source: eARC from the publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.My take: This was a book I had incredibly mixed feelings about. There were things about it that I really, really loved, and other things that I had a hard time getting past.
Loved the writing. I always love Lauren Oliver's writing, which is the right amount of lyrical mixed with the right amount of grit. Loved the sister dynamic. I know how wonderful and complicated sister relationships can be. I also really enjoyed following the way the different plot threads -- the sisters, the missing girl, and Nick's job at the amusement park -- were woven together.
On the less positive side: there's a lot of time jumping in the narrative and I often struggle with that. Plus, I was reading on an e-ARC which made it hard to page back and try to piece things together. So I just kept messaging my blogger BFF Karen -- who had just finished the book and convinced me to try it so we could discuss -- with my grumbly/confused questions, which she graciously answered.
Then I came to the end. I didn't love the feeling the ending evoked, which was basically: seriously?!?!?
As I was finishing this I was Twitter DMing with Karen and we were discussing the book. My conversations with Karen helped me pinpoint the biggest source of my dissatisfaction with the ending: that it completely pulled the rug out from under one the thing I loved most about the story.
For people who can get on board with the ending, this book will be great. I couldn't entirely get myself there.
For those who want spoilers -- you know who you are! -- you can check out my Goodreads review here.
Have you read this? Let me know what you thought in comments (either here or on Goodreads) and please mark your spoilers :)