I Will Find You Again

I Will Find You Again
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
March 14, 2023
ISBN
9781665928793
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All the Bright Places meets Ace of Spades in this smart, twisty teen thriller about a girl who can’t stop pushing herself to be the best—even after losing her best friend and the love of her life.

Welcome to Meadowlark, Long Island—expensive homes and good schools, ambition and loneliness. Meet Chase Ohara and Lia Vestiano: the driven overachiever and the impulsive wanderer, the future CEO and the free spirit. Best friends for years—weekend trips to Montauk, sleepovers on a yacht—and then, first love. True love.

But when Lia disappears, Chase’s life turns into a series of grim snapshots. Anger. Grief. Running. Pink pills in an Altoids tin. A cheating ring at school. Heartbreak and lies. A catastrophic secret.

And the shocking truth that will change everything about the way Chase sees Lia—and herself.

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Emotional, Twisty Story
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The way the story is written is fantastic. The author discusses a lot of realistic issues and how they play out in real life. Having two Asian-American, queer characters in the main roles allows the author to dismantle the “model minority” stereotype in different ways, as well as talking about how intergenerational trauma plays a part in one of their lives. The author does all of this in a way that feels appropriate for the age range of this book (14+), although there is substance misuse that occurs throughout the book.


Some of the plot twists are a bit predictable, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

I got caught up in the mystery of it all, and couldn’t put the story down. We find out the outcome quickly, but it’s all the steps in between that are the real mystery. And as Chase slowly starts to discover what really went on, it was fascinating to see everything unfold. It’s a delicate process, and Lyu really takes care with the sensitive topics she writes about. She discusses grief, divorce, absent parents, difficult relationships within families, the pressures teens face in school and how realistic they are, mental health, and substance use. It’s a fantastic, twisty story, and done beautifully.
Good Points
-Diverse characters
-Fast-paced, intense story
-Packs an emotional punch
-Discusses grief and mental illness in a sensitive manner
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