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Review: Wherever Nina Lies (Weingarten)

Title: Wherever Nina Lies
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Genre: YA
Pages: 311
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school's library
Summary (from the back of the book): Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild... and adored by her younger sister Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared. Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Ellie just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. When Ellie finds a clue in the form of a mysterious drawing, she sets off on a road trip with her crush, determined to find her sister. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far more shocking... the truth.

Review: Wow. My friend Kathy at work read this book in a day and told me it surprised her and that she really liked it. So, I brought it home and it sat for about 3 weeks in a large pile of books. Honestly, I thought I wasn't going to get to it, but yesterday I was in the mood for a quick YA read and this title jumped out at me. Boy was Kathy right!

This book isn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting light, sister-searching, fun teenage romance, etc. What I got instead was intense, interesting, mysterious, page-turning sister-searching intrigue! Like my friend, I finished it in one day and really enjoyed it! Even though we don't really get to see Nina I feel like I know her through Ellie's descriptions and memories.

Ellie's friends don't think she should keep looking for Nina. It is obvious that she is gone; it's been two years. But, how can  you stop looking for a loved one when they disappear? It made me think about about all those parents whose children disappear each year. How can they stand it? Until a body is found they must look at every person they pass thinking about their child. This is how it is for Ellie. Every clue, every pink-haired young woman, every artist's drawing may lead her to her lost sister.

And the romance between Ellie and Sean is well done. I wanted them to work out, I wanted her to have someone who made her feel special and cared for, like it would all be okay in the end. That is a good thing in a book; to become invested in the lives of the characters.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


Athira said...

I have this book sitting here, and I'm hoping to read it next month. I read a couple of pages of this book, and it sure seemed delightful!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--Delightful is a good word for this one. It has intense moments, but it's really good