Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Review: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown book cover
Girl Last Seen kept me guessing until the end, even though it was a bit slow at times.

Kadence and Lauren are a YouTube sensation. They have posted videos of their musical performances and are getting a lot of hits. Lauren is the writer mostly, and while they are both onstage, Kady is the performer. Lauren gets a throat infection which causes her to not be able to sing, so Kady has gone on as a solo act. This has caused some friction between the two, and even a fight over a boyfriend issue.

When Kady turns up missing after a very successful concert at the coffee show where Lauren works, the suspects are many, but soon the authorities zero-in on Lauren.

Kady is not a nice person. She and Lauren, who followed her lead, have bullied numerous students and caused all kinds of other pain which will slowly be revealed throughout the story. I really didn't like either of these girls, but I don't think we're supposed to. One of the bullied kids has been stalking both Kady and Lauren since they ruined his life.

I enjoyed how there were so many options for suspects, and Anastasiu and Brown kept focusing on different ones. I really didn't know what happened until the very end. I thought it took quite a while to get to the exciting parts of the book. At under 300 pages, it is a very quick read, but somehow I wished for it to move more quickly in parts.

Girl Last Seen is a great who-done-it for teens. Even with my complaints, I can still recommend this to a lot of students. I'm always looking for good mysteries, and the fact that Girl Last Seen deals with a contemporary theme as well as a disappearance makes it a good choice.

Published by AW Teen, March 1, 2016
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
272 pages

Rating: 4/5





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1 comment:

  1. Good to hear it will be good recommendation for the teens who like a good mystery

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