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YA Review: Danerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Dangerous Lies

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year published: 2016
Category: YA fiction
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA (NE)

SummaryStella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

Review: I saw Sue's review of this book on Book by Book and thought it sounded good. I ended up listening to the book over a few weeks.

I think the Witness Protection Program is super interesting. How do people start their lives over with fake names, not able to contact anyone from their past, having to start over again. And to do it as a teenager! But, this is YA and so that means there's an emphasis on romance, we're told the change is difficult, but the storyline doesn't make it seem that bad.

Stella spends the summer in a tiny town in Nebraska, far away from her old life. She takes a while to adjust, but of course she does. And there's a romance, Stella softens, learning to really love the town where she is sequestered. And then, BAM! the very last part of the book is a bit of a whirlwind of tension.

As I get further and further away from working in public schools, YA holds less appeal for me. However, I can see that this book would do really well with YA readers!

Challenges for which this counts:
  • Literary Escapes--NE

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