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Monday, February 6, 2012

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Dead to You
by Lisa McMann
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0388-8
Suggested Ages: 14+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Description: Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..

The Good Stuff 
  • Ethan is a very likeable and realistic character, really felt for him which made the ending so brutal 
  • Loved the relationship between Ethan and Gracie, it was so sweet and real 
  • McMann's style of writing is absolutely brilliant, straight to the point and heartbreakingly honest with no fluff or extra's added - I will read whatever she writes
  • Plenty of twists and turns
  • Some nice dark humour
  • Once I started I couldn't put it down -- put aside a couple of hours, you are not getting anything done once you crack this baby open (yes honey, this is why the house looks like a pigsty)
  • Heartbreaking, raw and honest
  • Liked Cami  - she was a perfect fit for Ethan
  • Positively portrayed Librarian (Yes I know I have issues but hello can I tell you how many stories have nasty repressed or slut Librarians - it gets real old)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • The ending broke my heart, plain and simple (Thanks for the heads up Teri, I made it through but could definitely understand your warning)
  • Please god tell me there is going to be a sequel
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"There was this one librarian guy. He let me hang out at the library and use the computer as long as I didn't disrupt anybody."

"Oh, Ethan..." And I feel so cold and twisted up inside. This mother sitting next to me is the one I should love, but I don't. And the mother I do love is the one I should hate. But I can't.
I fall apart 

"She grins. "It's okay. I can't believe you're back. Everybody thought you were dead."
"Yeah, I figured." I'm sure I'll  hear that a few more times before everybody settles down, too. It's pretty sick thing to say to somebody, if you ask me."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • If you are a parent, this will be an extremely tough read
  • Not for those looking for light and fluff
  • I would say for the more mature YA reader, nothing too sexual or violent but it does deal with darker subject matter - so not for the sensitive type
  • Would be good for a class discussion
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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