Author: Gangsei, Jan
Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father's Presidency or the nation.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 181655
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 21.0 Quiz: 70222
School Library Journal (00/12/15)
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School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 Gr 7 Up—It's been eight hellish years since little Addie, daughter of then governor Webster, disappeared without a trace, leaving a raw and gaping hole in the lives of her family and her best friend, Darrow. While her family grieved and eventually moved on with their lives, Darrow continues to blame himself for Addie's disappearance, obsessively following dead-end leads and alleged sightings. Suddenly, a 16-year-old girl shows up, claiming she's Addie Webster, but is this just a coincidence, or is she somehow tied to the national security threat that President Webster is grappling with? This thriller doesn't let up its unrelenting pace until the breathless conclusion, which hints at a sequel. Throughout, teens will see glimpses into Addie's haunted past via flashbacks and begin to figure out what's really happening with the troubled girl. Addie isn't the only character whose complex persona fuels the action. In his search to understand Addie, Darrow takes a number of risks that threaten his life; Addie's sister has a complicated history with Darrow and has just returned from a stint in rehab; and even Addie's parents are not who they seem. The writing is complex enough to satisfy more sophisticated YA readers yet fast-paced enough to keep the attention of reluctant readers. VERDICT Gangsei's killer political novel is a must-read for those who enjoy a tight plot in their psychological thrillers.—Leighanne Law, Scriber Lake High School, WA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2015 Eight years ago, Addie Webster was kidnapped. Her governor father and tech CEO mother were devastated but went on with their lives; now her father is president of the U.S. When Addie escapes her kidnappers and reappears at age 16, she is joyously welcomed back, with great concern for what may have happened to her. Addie’s childhood friend Darrow, whose mother is chief of staff, is blackmailed by a national security adviser to spy on Addie, who does indeed have new (hidden) allegiances. Gangsei’s debut clearly benefits from her Washington, D.C., experience and although settings and time periods shift frequently, it’s always easy to follow the swift-paced plot. Set in the very near future, this has refreshing multicultural elements (both Addie and Darrow are biracial), realistic instances of terrorism, and what feels like an insider’s look at the White House. Savvy readers will likely figure out early the secret it takes Addie too long to discover, but should be suitably diverted as they stay up late to finish. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.