Author: Mary Jennifer Payne
Genre: realistic fiction
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My opinion: From a strictly plot perspective, this is a pretty solid book. Events follow a decent level of logic and order. As characters, Edie and Jermaine could use a little more fleshing out. They have only minimal definition and very little emotional depth. A book like this, about a girl's desperate search for her missing mother, should really connect with the reader on an emotional level. We should feel Edie's fear, loneliness, and desperation vicerally. This book simply doesn't do that. Edie's search is almost meandering and haphazard. The lack of engagement makes this something of a disappointment.
More information: Since You've Been Gone releases January 24th.
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