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The She

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  492 ratings  ·  53 reviews
On a rainy night eight years ago, Evan Barrett's parents were lost at sea. In horror, he listened to their frantic Mayday calls on the ship-to-shore radio, to his mother's cries for mercy--and to the deafening shrieks that answered her back.
Now seventeen, Evan has gone in search of answers to his parents' strange disappearance. The only explanation that makes any sense to...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Harcourt Brace and Company (first published September 1st 2003)
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This is a book it's hard to form an opinion about. On the one hand, I really liked it, on the other I wanted to throw it at something. If you're prepared to have your feet knocked out from under you time and again, you'll be just fine.

It's funny, because the storyis about a teenager trying to come to grips with some haunts of his past, and adolescence alone will surely do that to you, let alone the ambiguity surrounding his parents' death. So in that respect, the style is really right on. And I...more
Evan Barrett and his older brother, Emmett, grew up listening to tales of sea monsters and superstitions from their sea captain father. Therefore, when his parents went out for a simple voyage, and their cries of Mayday mix with the terrifying shriek of an unnatural being, Evan is convinced that the The She claimed another set of victims.

Blocking out the events of that horrible night, Evan's memories flood back as he interacts with Grey Sheiley, a classmate who watched The She suck a girl from...more
Morgan F
Apr 03, 2010 Morgan F rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who won't be offended by cussing, substance abuse, or pimping out minors
I've read The Body of Christopher Creed and What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci, and I have to say I liked this one about the same.

Plum-Ucci has a way of mixing teen problems with almost-supernatural mysteries. I've long ceased expecting any definite conclusions to come from her work. While there was A LOT of talking in this book, I give props to the characters. The characters in this book, particularly Grey, and complex and endearing. The plot was a little slow, and I wasn't at the...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for

Carol Plum-Ucci has established a niche for her mysteries by blending realism and the unexplained. Following upon the success of THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED and WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER?, the author penned a credible tale that is part problem novel and part supernatural thriller. THE SHE takes the reader to familiar territory in young adult fiction--death, drug abuse, rebellion against authority, and dysfunctional families--whi...more
Very engrossing, the main character reminds me a little of Odd Thomas, but without Odd's gift. All the characters are believable and the author makes you care about all of them. Someone else wrote a review that it is "pretty good at blending the real and supernatural, and having ambiguity that isn't annoying." That says it way better than what I had originally!!
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Brewer Community School
This book is about a boy named Evan, he experienced the loss of his
parents over a ship-to-shore radio supposedly by The She. I takes
place 8 years in the future when Evan learns the truth about his
parents. Him and his friend travel to the canyon that his parent died
and they experience The She. The She is a mythological creature off
the coast of New Jersey, she kills anyone in a jealous rage if couples
travel together on the water. The setting of the book is essential to
the story because if they had...more
Sam Kroll
For most of the book, i ricocheted between loving it and hating it. I'm still not sure if i love or hate it either. A good book, and a read that makes you think, with some supernatural forces in the book along with people who try to scientifically explain these forces. Read it and decide for yourself
Lee Craig
This is a very good book, but unless you are a sailor or maritime expert it got hard to understand at times. The ending was a little predictable , but a must read.....
Lisa is Busy Nerding
in a sentence or two: Evan Barrett is haunted by the cloudy memories surrounding the death of his parents, and wants some real answers as to what really happened to his mom and dad on their last night at sea. he has faint, yet terrifying, memories of a horrible screeching coming from the sea - from a local legend he once firmly believed in called simply 'the she'...

okay first of all, how cool is the title / cover of this book? regardless of my immense enjoyment of "the body of christopher creed"...more
Cathleen Ash
Ella Diablo Agujero – She-Devil of the Hole. It’s a legend in West Hook, but not to Evan, who hears her shriek.
One time, his brother Emmett got creeped out by the way he put his fingers in his ears and shouted that he heard The She shrieking, that he beat Evan so hard he bruised. Evan’s mom, captain of a ship and scornful of sailor superstitions, told him he should be glad Emmett had beaten him, because if she’d got her hands on him…
Evan had buried this next memory deeply. Very deeply, but it c...more
This is a YA book and takes place in a part of the country with which I'm familiar - New Jersey and Philadelphia.

It centers on a legendary figure east of the southern New Jersey coast nicknamed "The She," a sea witch or hag that consumes ships and boats traveling over a particular sea canyon. Now, I'm familiar with the legend of the Jersey Devil from the Pine Barrens, but I've never heard of The She and haven't verified that this legend actually exists. Nevertheless, it intrigued me, and I decid...more

4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Mystery, November 26, 2005

Like Plum-Ucci's other works, The She is a suspenseful mystery centered around a disappearance, dipping (albeit briefly) into the realms of popularity and scapegoats. Evan doesn't remember many details about the night his parents were lost at sea, or recall the folklore about a mysterious oceanic force who, jealous of lovers who set sail together on her seas, devours ships every few years. It takes a hidden hit of acid from a girl named G...more
Honestly, this book pissed me off. Basically, the saying "Lack of evidence is evidence" is clear in this book. Emmett was the only character that actually used his brain to explain everything. Evan was really annoying, and so was Grey. The big wave thing sounds pretty cool though, but that doesn't meant it's alive lol.
Mary Brayton
This is a book about a boy named Evan who lives near the ocean. There is a legend about a she devil that devours boats while they are in her part of the sea. Evan hears "The She" as he call it, whenever she takes a boat. His parents died at sea when he was nine and he believes it was The She because he heard her shriek. The book takes place when Evan is 17 and he finds out that what he believes might not be the truth, and the truth might not be very great. Throughout the book he tries to find ou...more
In this book, Evan Barrett's parents died in a mysterious boating accident. All they know is that a big wave is what killed them. However, they believe that there must be something more to the story. In this book, Evan and his friends try to solve the mystery of his parents' death.

One connection I can make is text-to-self. If I were in the same situation as Brian, I would also want to know what happened to my parents. Especially is there were possibly some weird mystery to it similar to the Loch...more
Daneil Newcomb
Good read, definitely not a good choice of before bed reading or me. I liked the concept of the novel a lot.

cw: some ableist language
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
The truth of the matter is, this book is very boring and has a very slow pace. However, the character's make up for it. The development of Evan and Grey is very nicely done, and both characters are very different by the end.

I found the story mystifying in a way that really grabbed my attention--it really keeps you turning the pages--not because of non-top action, but because you wat to know what happens next. I also really Plum-Ucci's writing in general, and I found at least a few quotes worth...more
Charlie Deer
The She so far is about an 18 year old boy that wants to find out what happened to his parents 9 years ago when they went out for a ride on a boat. Evan supposedly forgot everything that happened on that day and had no recollection of his parents even leaving that day. When even turned 18 he wanted to find out what happened to his parents that one day. He searches for answers and comes close to find out what happenends to his parents. Read the book to find out about all of the mysteries and secr...more
I thought this book was really good. The book is mainly about a boy named Evan, and his parents died in a boating accident. So his principal asked him to go to the mental institution to visit a girl named Gray. The principal wanted him to visit her because she's been through the same thing he has. The saddest part about the book was when his parents were in the boating accident. The funniest part about the book was when he brought his rabbit to the institution and Evan showed Gray how the rabbi...more
Evan’s parents died at sea eight years before this story takes place. He has been haunted by their deaths, which he has attributed to “The She,” an inhuman force living in the ocean that claims sailors as her own, dragging them and their boats to the ocean’s depths. Now he’s a high school teen, and his principal enlists him to assist Grey, who has recently been impacted by loss at sea. Together they journey to their own truths, exposing the lies that have been part of their own separate families...more
Sep 16, 2008 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind unresolved endings
First of all, I read the hardback edition but goodreads doesn't have that as an option as of now. If I'd seen the paperback cover I would have probably put it down due to total creepiness.

Glad I had a different version. This is another unresolved, well-written, creepy and confusing book from Carol Plum-Ucci. I may have even liked this better than The Body of Christopher Creed-- but it's hard to say. I'm definitely more affected by it than I was when I read Christopher Creed.
Recommended for gr. 9-12. Not recommended for MS due to language plus the fact that the narrator/protagonist is a senior in HS. A good suspenseful story that will appeal to boys. A mystery surrounds the loss at sea of Evan’s parents eight years ago. As he seeks to find answers to the mystery, he begins to unearth buried memories and has to deal with his older brother’s explanation of the disappearance.
Meredith Cockrell
I have just started this book and am highly distracted by all the typos. Is it because I am reading the ebook? It really detracts from the story, especially when it is bad enough that I have to stop and decipher what it was intended to say. How does this even happen? No editors?

Overall I found this an entertaining read. I didn't think it was all that suspenseful but it was interesting.
i didn't like this as much as Carol Plum-Ucci's other books. this one is about a teenage boy on some island off new jersey who is trying to figure out what happened when his parents disappeared when he was 8. the girl he spends most of his time with is an interesting character, but we don't get enough of her through his viewpoint, and he is pretty boring and predictable.
Only young Evan hears the "She" moaning & shrieking when a ship is going down in the canyon area offshore. Hi is traumatized when his parents are lost at sea in the canyon. 10 yrs later he is asked by a school adminstrator to assist a fellow classmate who survived an accident involving the She. It is only then Evan faces the real truth about his parents tragedy.
I had to concede defeat and return this book to the library. It was recommended to me by a teen, but I just couldn't get into it and I am trying to be more mindful that when I start avoiding reading time because a book isn't grabbing my attention right away, I need to move on to the next. Especially because the "To Read" pile keeps growing, and growing...
So, this is the second book by this author I've read and I think she might have a theme and it's one I enjoy. This was pretty good, I like her characters a lot and I like the way she approaches mystery. I might be talking myself into reading the Christopher Creed sequel, I'M NOT SURE YET.
After his parents are lost at sea, Evan Barrett and his older brother leave their seaside home in West Hook to escape bad memories, but years later even worse questions emerge when Evan is asked to help a fellow student deal with another sea-related tragedy.
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Carol Plum-Ucci is a young adult novelist and essayist. Plum-Ucci’s most famous work to date is The Body of Christopher Creed, for which she won a Michael L. Printz Award in 2002 and was named a Finalist to the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Describing her subjects as «the most common, timeless, and most heart-felt teenagers,» Plum-Ucci is widely recognized for her use of the South Jersey shore to set sce...more
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