Missing at 17
In this suspenseful and romantic teen thriller based on the “can’t pull your eyes away” series on Lifetime, one girl discovers that no matter how far you run from your problems, they will always find you.
For most of Candace’s life she never felt like she completely belonged. But nothing could prepare her for the shocking discovery that her parents have been concealing the truth about who she is and where she came from her entire life.
Feeling like her world has been turned upside down, and unable to trust the people she’s closest to, Candace runs away...right into the arms of an alluring stranger.
But while Candace and Toby have an undeniable connection, it's less certain what the future holds for them as Candace’s family and Toby’s less-than-legal lifestyle threaten to rip them apart.
As things start to spiral out of control, Candace must fight to understand her own identity...and who she can truly rely on.
When Candice, better known as Candy, discovers that she's adopted, she feels betrayed and angry. These negative emotions make her want to run away. Before she knows it, she winds up in a stanger's car who she learns is Toby.
Candy feels an instant connection to Toby that she doesn't understand. He's had a troubled past and is reluctant to tell her exactly what he does for a living, but it doesn't matter. Candy feels happy with Toby and in her mind, that's all she needs. However, the happiness can't last when you're a runaway. Soon, the police are out looking for her and Toby's occupation involves a lot more danger than he lets on.
This story is definitely a Lifetime one because there was a lot of drama and fluff. To me, it sort of read like a soap opera. Candy's anger was understandable, but I like how she learns from her immature reaction.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of drama, romance, and coming of age stories.
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.