by Merrie Destefano
What is it about:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year... but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker... something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed...
The only rule is: There are no rules.
What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read.
Rachel's search for the truth and for what happened to her and to the other girls who went missing is suspenseful and I was hooked from the start. Slowly you discover what Rachel was involved in and it's exciting to read as well as disturbing. The things she uncovers are dangerous and she might not be able to trust those close to her.
If there's one thing I can say against this story it's that it briefly touches on a personal pet peeve: apparently only people who feel miserable/depressed are into the Goth scene... *grumbles*
That small pet peeve aside I loved this book. Rachel is an interesting heroine with surprisingly dark secrets. I liked discovering what was going on and was rooting for Rachel to find a way to deal with what happened to her. I also liked Rachel's interaction with her family, even though at times I was surprised by what she got away with after just having been missing for two weeks.
All in all this is a gripping and awesome read, and you bet I'll be keeping an eye out for Destefano's next book.
Why should you read it:
It's a cool, gritty and suspenseful YA read.
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