Saturday, September 10, 2011

Harlan Coben Wants To Keep Teens Up All Night

A young adult debut from internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben

Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally bestselling, and beloved author.

Jackie says:
"Famed thrill writer Harlan Coben is trying his hand at writing for young adults--but he's not pulling any punches when it comes to the thrill ride.  This is the first book in a series, and it introduces us to Mickey Bolitar whose dad's death and his mom's subsequent immersion into addiction has him living, unhappily, with his uncle and trying to survive in a new high school after globe trotting with his missionary parents for his whole life.

Things started out all right--he even had a girlfriend.  But then she disappeared, and no one seems to notice or care except him.  In his quest to figure out what happened, he befriends a couple of other "outsiders", and between them they find clues that lead them into some serious criminal activity, and to a mysterious link to Mickey's past. 

Slightly less graphic or violent than Coben's adult fiction, this book is still an edge of your seat read.  I'd target it for 14 and up, with Coben fans of any age sure to be happy, happy campers in the YA section." 

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