on July 1st, 2009
Genres: contemporary, young adult
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First there was a disappearance.
Then there was a clue.
Then there was a kiss.
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her Internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing.
That is, until everything unravels.
Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead—except Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts—a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen. And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.
As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy... and that some secrets—especially the dangerous ones—were never meant to be unraveled.
Sometimes simplicity is best. I’ve had this book in my stack for awhile. When I picked it up, I was looking for something fun and pretty much mindless because a lot of the books I have been reading lately have been serious and/or morbid. I wanted to laugh. And I just wanted to escape for awhile.
This book had so much potential. And for awhile there, I was really enjoying it. But it never really got going for me. For the majority of the book it felt like a whole lotta nothing happened. The relationship with the protagonist and the love interest went nowhere. And to be honest, the protagonist herself was a pretty flat character. They all were. Except for Charley. Charley the crazy and kooky aunt. She was the one shining moment in this otherwise ho-hum..ehhh…blah piece of writing. I wish Dieter from the beginning had been in it more. He also showed promise. I thought this book would be at least funny. It really wasn’t.
Let me stop ranting and raving about the awfulness for a second to talk about a few good things. The pacing was decent. While I felt that not much happened, what did happen was well thought out. The writing was well-done. It just wasn’t anything special. I just didn’t care. The book didn’t do anything for me. I wasn’t happy, sad, angry, or any other emotion that a book can make you feel.
And then….THEN I find out at the very end that there is another book after this one! That explains why nothing happened. Holy sh*t! If I had known that, I would have prepared myself. But that’s one thing that I can’t blame on the author at least. I should’ve done the homework. That was my fault. But still. I totally did not see it coming. At least that explains why nothing happened for a large portion of the book. That’s because there’s another damn book. Which, by the way, I am not reading. I’ve got too many books to read to even mess around with a novel I would have to procure before I can even start it. And like I said, I just don’t care. So I’m done. Hopefully the next book I review will be better. I’m tired of writing icky reviews. I hate it just as much as you hate reading them. But someone has to do it.
Oh, and one more thing. Incidentally, I know that most of the people that read this book enjoyed it, so I am prepared for possible hate mail. My opinions very often differ from others. I’m okay with that. So bring it..if you think you need to.