Convince Me To Read (26): Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown

Posted December 24, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (26): Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood BrownGirl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu, Anne Greenwood Brown
Published by Aw Teen on March 1st 2016
ISBN: 0807581410
Pages: 272
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Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she's unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it's too late?"


Jamie’s review

This one was pretty good. I am actually surprised with the ending and I flip flopped with my idea of what was going to happen a lot but it was good. Not a lot of rereadability though which is what I really look for in these types of stories. I thought that because of the way it ended, I don’t need to reread the book because it was very clear at the end what happened and how and why which was a bit disappointing to me.

I really liked all the characters and I really felt that they were believable. I thought they all reacted in a way that made sense for their characters and the story. I was really drawn to Lauren and her story but I thought that the writing made it really easy to believe her and her side of things when it should have been trying to cast a little more doubt. I think the Kady point of views, with the description of her videos, could have done more for this but they were pointless. They came in too late for me to late in the story to change the opinions I had already formed of the characters. I thought that because of this, I immediately believed Lauren.

In my opinion, Jude was a wasted potential. He had all the fixings to be seriously creepy/stalker dude and maybe even do something he wasn’t aware of considering his View Spoiler ». But that was completely null and void and while his revelation was kinda shocking, it was mostly just meh. It didn’t really impact the story in the way I wanted it to and thus he was wasted potential.

I think the best chapters were from Mason’s point of view because he had the most neutral perspective on both the girls since he was attracted to both of them and saw them on their surface but also parts of them they were trying to hide underneath. I really liked his character and his character arc and I’m really happy with how things turned out for him. Although I was hoping he and Lauren got together.

However, the ending was a bit of a let down. There was a bit of a plot hole in it that made me question the way things wrapped up. And while I was vvvvvvvvvvv happy with how it ended, I was also disappointed in the hole (as I see it).

Overall, I did enjoy this one but I thought the ending lacked some pay off (even though I was REALLY pleased with how it ended. I’m such a sucker for these kinds of endings). This one lacks any rereadability, but the characters were all interesting and intriguing and made the read worth it. I would have liked the ending to be tied up a little neater but otherwise I enjoyed the book!

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Dani will like the complex nature of the friendship between our two main girls. She will also enjoy the ending and probably make a shocked face. I think for Dani’s next mystery/thriller read she should pick up this one.

 

 

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