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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Review: Somebody by Nancy Springer

Somebody by Nancy Springer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
Pages: 128
From: Publisher
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Summary: Award-winning author Nancy Springer has written a multi-layered, thought-provoking novel that's sure to appeal to even the most reluctant teen reader. It combines mystery, suspense, danger, and drama with an emotionally satisfying story of a young victim's clever and courageous path to freedom. At the age of fifteen, a girl who has spent most of her life moving around the country with her father and brother-changing names and hair color with every move-suddenly remembers her real name, Sherica. Soon Sherica experiences other snatches of memory and begins to question her unusual upbringing and the troubling inconsistencies in her father's accounts of her early childhood. Tentative at first, but with growing determination, Sherica investigates and uncovers the shocking truth about her past.

My Review: Somebody was a short yet interesting book. I finished it in an hour and was left with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the premise of the book and was eager to find out what Sherica discovered about her past. I was extremely shocked to find out her father's agenda and quickly sided with Sherica. She was an easy character to understand and I sympathized with her story. However, her brother Brian was my least favorite person, he was ignorant and just plain mean to her. I really enjoyed this book, but I wish it was a little longer. The moment I was really at the peak of the story, it quickly ended and I was left feeling robbed. I really wanted to know what happened to Sherica and even her annoying brother and dad. But, the ending was so rushed I never got all of my questions answered. It was really sad to see such a potentially good book, turn into an okay book just because of the ending and lack of details.
My Rating: 3.8 out of 5
Author's Info:
Nancy Connor Springer (born 1948 in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of fantasy, young adult literature, mystery, and science fiction. Her novel Larque on the Wing won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and she also received honors from the Mystery Writers of America.

7 comments:

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds interesting, nice review. Short and right to the point!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

This does sound good. I'm wondering why the author cut it so short. I hate loose ends!

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Dannie said...

Oh man I want!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I forgot to mention that the cover creeps me out!

brizmus said...

Oh I know!
I really hate it when that happens with the ending.
And I'm with Alyssa - the cover creeps me out!

Leslie said...

man that cover looks freaky! lol

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