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Monday, January 5, 2015

THERE WILL BE . . . No Finishing This Book

"Review My Books" Review by Sara

by Nick Lake
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they're running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past-and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what's real, what isn't, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

I was excited when I was given this ARC to read and review. Sadly that excitement was short lived when I made it 126 pages before I put the book down forever. I spent a good majority of this book very, very confused. I don't know about you but I don't like to be confused while reading. The author has a unique style of writing, which isn't bad, but it is difficult to follow. He also chooses to release important pieces of information at random times. It will catch you off guard and make you scream, "Are you serious?! Did that just happen?! Why is he just saying that NOW?!" Again, none of this will be done in a positive way.

The MC is a pretty decent character that you feel you can connect with. She is moody at times but what teenager isn't? The MC's mom is something different. I had a hard time understanding what the author was trying to do with that character. I don't feel she developed or grew in any way, but I did only make it part of the way through.

I was told this was supposed to be a mystery book but I didn't get that feel. I am not sure what this was supposed to be. As I mentioned before I was confused the entire time. I would not really recommend this book to anyone unless you really want to stick it out until the end. I just didn't have that much to give.



  1. OMGOSH! I just wrote my VERY short DNF review last night. I liked the writing, it was unique, but I totally agree on what the author does. And besides that, it's just weird. I figured out the MC's "issue" a bit early on, like in the first few chapters. And then I got about as far as you and decided I just could not do it. It's not that it's poorly written, it's just not for me with how it's written. And the way the dialogue was presented (which is what tipped me off about the MC in the first place) was just weird. It was hard to distinguish things even with the italics. I kept having to back track while reading, too much work. So glad I'm not alone on this one. My review goes up later this week!

  2. I read a review about this book that revealed a lot of what happens in the book later on and it sounds EXTREMELY confusing! I'm not exactly sure if I'll be picking this up, as I like books where the writing is smooth and things are revealed in a proper manner and not randomly. Great review and sorry you didn't enjoy this one! <3

  3. I really put forth an effort with this book. I carried it with me to read over lunch, it slept on the nightstand next to my bed, hauled it with me to run errands but it wasn't meant to be. It really was just written strangely and I couldn't finish. Kudos to those that did finish! Think you, Andye, for giving me the opportunity.


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