Review Detail

 
Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Missing at 17

Missing at 17 reads as the lifetime movie it’s mentioned to emulate.

The title and cover are misleading in that they give you this idea—that you’re going to read a story about a girl/guy that’s gone missing—not quite!

The story is a tale of a girl who discovers a shocking secret—that changes the direction of her life. She runs away, and in her running—she meets Toby—who seems to get her in a way no one has before.
To call it thrilling or suspenseful—is a reach. No parts of the story are either thrilling or suspenseful. Not quite sure what they were trying to do here.
Candace aka Candy—reacts to a devastating secret by running away and acting out. Her actions are dangerous and not thought through.

Her meeting with Toby—felt like what would be the catalyst for the thrill—but it never came—which to be honest was quite disappointing.

At the core of the story are two people, who are trying to figure themselves out, and where they fit in the world—all the while trying not to lose each other, and this happens in the span of days. It’s quite fast paced in that regard.

As mentioned the book reads as a lifetime movie—the author is noted for having penned films like these for Lifetime and the like.
To be frank the book would have been better portrayed as film. Not because it reads as a script, but because the story itself is pretty one dimensional—being simply read as a novel.

The book is far from the worst, but it just doesn’t do much as a novel.

However, if you’re a Lifetime movie on a Saturday night kind of gal/guy this book is perfect for you. It has all the drama, and angst to meet your needs.

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