Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Contemporary realistic YA fiction/ Romance
What did you like about the book? This story feels quiet. There is not a lot of physical action. The storyline is an inner one. Charlotte is a seventeen-year-old senior in high school living in San Francisco with her Russian baker Mom and her journalist father. Her father specializes in writing about the aftermath of horrific events like hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. He has gone to the Ukraine to investigate an earthquake, but he does not come home. He is kidnapped by rebels. Charlotte and her mother’s alarming fear are shared by her uncle Miguel, her Aunt Nadine and Charlottes’s friends and teacher. The FBI becomes involved but their progress is slow. Charlotte and her friend decide to make a video hoping its release will keep her father from being forgotten and just might persuade the rebels to release her father. Charlotte is a photographer, a very good photographer. She sees things through the camera lens which is nearly always with her. She is also in love with Josh which she has been for years and is shocked to find he feels the same.
So, yes, the story is not filled with non-stop action; instead it is filled with relentless probing, introspection, growth, the unraveling of secrets and healing.
Anything you did not like about the book. No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This story is for the quiet, introspective, thoughtful reader who wants to become deeply involved with the characters.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not the top, but close to.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 5/27/2019