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Monday, August 13, 2012

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Reading level: Ages 13 and upHardcover: 320 pagesPublisher: HarperCollins (August 28, 2012)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0062102907ISBN-13: 978-0062102904
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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good.Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander.

My thoughts:
When I first started this book I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to follow it.
The two main characters, Noa and Peter are very skilled computer hackers, and I know absolutely nothing about hacking anything. 
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Michelle Gagnon did an excellent job of writing this story, without it being too confusing. 
Just by reading the first chapter I knew that I was going to love this book, and my gosh, I loved it.
Noa reminds me of an 16 year old Jason Bourne.
She's extremely intelligent, quick and unlike a lot of other girls that I read about in books. 
To be honest, I wasn't as in love with Peter. I can't put my finger on it, but I just didn't find his character to be as interesting or exciting as Noa. 
I felt like his character was shadowed by how awesome Noa was in the story. 
But other than that tiny little detail that I'm probably being too picky about anyway, this book was so great. 
The fact that this is Michelle Gagnon's debut young adult novel is absolutely incredible. 
I can't wait to read her future work!

Don't Turn Around has a the perfect dose of mystery, suspense, drama and everything you need to have an all around great book. Be sure to pick this one up, you won't sleep until you finish it! (like me) 

Profanity - extreme
Sexual - moderate
Violence - heavy
Other - mild

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  1. Impressive review Abigaile. What do you think of the cover?

  2. Great review! Although this is not exactly my cup of tea, I think your review will defintely entice people to give it a try.
    Tammy @

  3. This book sounds really awesome! Thanks for the fantastic review!!

  4. So glad that you enjoyed it, Abigaile!

  5. This sounds awesome! I'm so glad you loved it! x]


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