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shocking and riveting YA thriller
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5.0
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5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
THE HOLLOW INSIDE is a shocking and riveting YA thriller. Phoenix and her mother Nina have been living out of their car around the country, just trying to survive. Someone broke Nina a long time ago, and now they have gone back to Nina's hometown to make him pay and set right the wrongs done to her when she was young. Arriving in the small town of Jasper Hollow, things are not what Phoenix expected. When their plans begin to go awry, Phoenix must think on her feet, and she is soon entwined in the town and with the people who mistreated her mother so long ago.

Secrets cannot stay buried, and unexpected truths will be revealed from all sides. Phoenix must figure out who she is and who she wants to be, while balancing the new people she has met and the truths her mother told her long ago.

What I loved: This was a surprising and twisty read, and I really did not see all the end reveals coming. This is really a book that keeps the reader on their toes, and I loved seeing both the present, and the interludes from the past, so that we can understand the events that led to Nina becoming who she is. The characters were endlessly fascinating, not only the ones that Phoenix is helping to reveal, such as Ellis, but also the ones she meets along the way, including his family. I found Phoenix really compelling, and I really appreciated getting to know Melody and Jill as well.

Nina was a complex character with her own challenges that help to set the stage for the current events, and her past perspective shows how young people can be manipulated and abused by those in power around them. This was a really potent perspective with the shame, self-blame, and powerlessness that people can feel in similar situations. Phoenix also has things to learn about herself and the truths of what she has been told, as her life has been molded by those around her with some parallels to the past.

Other themes around appearances vs reality and bullying were also thought-provoking. Celebrities may appear one way when their lives speak another, darker truth. Gaslighting and manipulation abound to make one question oneself and those around them. These themes around appearances and powerful people were intriguing and raised some important questions. In a small town, bullying around LGBT identities and shunning techniques were also conveyed to show the darker side of the seemingly idyllic community. Although a lesser theme, it was also worth the discussion.

Final verdict: Riveting, atmospheric, and shocking, THE HOLLOW INSIDE is a fascinating and twisty YA thriller that is sure to leave the reader reeling. This is a really unique story, and I would definitely recommend for people who enjoy thrillers, including books like SADIE, JANE ANNONYMOUS, and THE PROJECT.
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