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Young Adult Fiction 5712
Nearly Gone
(Updated: March 14, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
One of my favorite genres to read has to be thrillers and mysteries. NEARLY GONE is both these with a math/science twist.

What worked: The mystery behind who was plotting the murders and why they seem to point toward Nearly had me wondering. I liked that when the final reveal came it took me by surprise. The math and science part of the mystery was very intriguing. Loved how clues were woven into personal ads and how they all added up. Once the bodies started piling up, I couldn't put this book down! I had to see if my suspect had in fact done the deed. (It wasn't!) Great pacing, action, and suspense that kept me turning the pages.

I liked Nearly who is a nerdy, smart teen who's only way out of her trailer park home is to get a scholarship. The competition between her and her friend Anh were convincing. I also liked Reece, the 'bad' boy who seems to be everywhere and has a connection to Nearly. One huge plus is how the author gives Reece some vulnerabilities so he doesn't come off as a creep. I could see why Nearly might be attracted to him.

Big kuddos for the riddles that lead Nearly to the victims. Very unique and not easy to solve. Well, not for me that is! Love that!

What I had issues with: The beginning was a tad bit slow. I also didn't really 'get' the paranormal aspect and think the story could have done okay with it. The math and science were enough to give this book an added edge. The paranormal part only was confusing and I really don't think it was addressed at the end.

Dark, engaging, with an unique twist on 'who done it' that kept me wanting more.
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