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Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
This story is full of teenage angst and turmoil as the heroine(?), a feisty, independent teen used to being able to go and do whatever she wants, enters the WITSEC program to protect her after she witnessed the possible perpetrator of a murder in her home. At the same time her Mum goes into drug rehab and her father refuses to join her, preferring to have nothing more to do with her…..
Being forced to split from her boyfriend and lose contact with him whilst in the WITSEC program, going somewhere to live with someone she doesn’t know and always looking out in case any of the gang members seek to eliminate her testifying against their leader, life isn’t exactly easy for this young lady, now given the new name of Stella Gordon. As the seventeen year old endeavours to settle into the small town of Thunder Basin, Nebraska, she’s going to have to start everything again – finding friends, learning her way around, getting a job, etc. Initially she really resents all of this and kicks off at anyone in authority but life has certainly changed for her and in many ways it is for the better – until she’s found . . .
The story has a range of strong characters, the developing relationships between whom make this an enthralling read. The theme of family and relationships runs throughout the story and the perception of ‘Stella’ towards her birth family members and those she goes to live with are particularly pertinent to the story. The story has a variety of paces, matching the activities at that time and the ending is particularly dramatic.
Overall, this is a great YA thriller with sub plots of mystery, murder, lies, love and choices. It is an engaging read and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys these genres.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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