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Thursday, October 13, 2011


High School Fiction

G/A Coben, Harlan. Shelter. Putnam, 2011. 320p. 978-0-399-25650-9. 18.99.

Harlan Coben’s first book for young adults is not so different from his adult books; as usual there are lots of twists and turns and interesting characters. High school sophomore, Mickey Bolitar, is finally settling down in his Uncle’s house, after years of traveling with his parents. Unfortunately though it’s not on good terms, his father recently died in a car accident and his mother is in drug rehab. To make matters worse Ashley, his new girlfriend of 3 weeks has mysteriously disappeared. Along with his two new outcast friends, Mickey tries to find out what happened to Ashley and how his family is connected to the disappearance. Although some of the plot is unbelievable, it’s a quick, fun adventure/mystery read for teens and adults alike. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve.

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