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I REALLY CAME TO CARE ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS!

Jessie’s boyfriend, Chris, has gone missing shortly before high school graduation, and now she is documenting everything as she waits to find out where he is. Written as though speaking to Chris––things like “you would have liked …” or “your mom said …” or “it reminded me of when we …”––it wasn’t long before I felt like I knew both of them well. The author did an excellent job of describing Chris’s personality and attitudes through Jessie’s eyes and her anecdotes about their relationship. Jessie herself is somewhat crude and tough. Her dad is out of the picture, and her mom is a hoarder, making Jessie ashamed of her home and frustrated with her life. She shoots from the hip and doesn’t mince words. Many possibilities exist for why Chris has gone missing. The book has several strong and well drawn peripheral characters that add to the story. I never knew for sure what was going to happen, and I really came to care about both Chris and Jessie. While the plot failed to really wow me, I enjoyed the characters and the wonderful way the author told the story.

~ Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)