Monday, February 27, 2012

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Genre:  YA Mystery
Expected publication date:  March 13, 2012

Description (taken from April Henry's website):
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla-another delivery girl-goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can't move beyond the fact that Kayla's fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead-and to find her before she is.

Hmmm, this was a quick and easy read for me.  What I thought would be a classic "who dunnit?" novel was something that actually left me with a feel-good feeling.

Let me point this out for anyone who wants to read this book: this isn't the type of book that you can guess who the perpetrator is from the beginning.  Because the perpetrator is never introduced as a 'normal' cast member in the book.  So, get that idea out of your head.

Now let me point out what I really enjoyed with this book: the creativity outside of the character's voices was awesome.  There are some moments where you get to read newspaper clippings, police interviews, and various other things that crop up throughout the investigation of Kayla's disappearance.  It gives you another view of the story.  I also loved how the chapters are from different character's perspectives (for me, that's really saying something since I normally dislike this).  The different perspectives meshed really well together and made the story flow well.

Even though I don't think Gabie and Drew's story is very realistic, I was left feeling happy at the end.  It's a definite feel-good novel.  Who would I recommend this to?  Anyone who likes mysteries would probably enjoy this.  I would say young teens could read this and enjoy it.  I'd give a copy to my little sister to read.

Thanks goes to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing me a review copy of this book.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

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