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The Night I Disappeared

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Something scary is happening to seventeen-year-old Jamie Tessman. Ever since she and her mother arrived in Chicago, she's been plagued by freaky mind-slips and vivid daydreams about her sort-of boyfriend, Webb. When Jamie's inner world starts taking her hostage and keeping her imprisoned for longer periods of time, she becomes terrified that

Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse
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Katie Hensel Nope, it's totally fiction. You might find a section on it in the first few pages of the book. :)

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Christina S.
Jul 25, 2011 Christina S. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery books and trying to figure things out on their own with clues given to them little by little
Deaver, Julie Reece. (2002). The Night I Disappeared. New York. Simon and Schuster Publishing Division. (p.242)
Imagine yourself as a 17 year old girl who has no friends and living with your mom who is one of the best lawyers working on a huge case and barely ever gets to spend time with you. Living like that can make you keep secrets, with a difficult life like that; you can go a little crazy. Jamie has. The Night I Disappeared shows you that life as a teenage girl is hard, especially with a mo
Jul 12, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it
Even though it seems to have a really weird title our that sometimes it's really detailed and drags the story, this book will break your heart. And it's perfect! In every way! It seems that at the beginning it's boring but it gets so much better as it progresses. I recommend this book to people who likes surprises or you want a book that has a great twist.
Diana Barbosa
Nov 08, 2013 Diana Barbosa rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Jamie that has been friends with this kid named Webb for her whole life. The first time they met, he saved her life and he is the one that understands her the most. Webb is traveling through Europe, and Jamie has to spend the summer in Chicago with her mother, who is the defense attorney for this girl. Jamie misses Webb and the case her mother is working a lot of work and she starts doing weird things. Jamie's mom is worried about her, but Jamie says she's fine. ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Shyleen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
My friend last year at the end of the year we had "locker clean out" day and he mysteriously had a ton of books in his locker and he gave them all away, this was one of the books along with an Edgar Allen Poe book that I happened to snag. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for about 2 years now and I never took the time out of my day to actually even read the back of the book or anything, I grabbed it because the cover was cool. Last week I had nothing to read so decided to read it and seriously ...more
May 18, 2009 Haleigh rated it liked it
this was a really cool book. I couldnt put it down! it was really suspenseful! my favorite part was when Jamie went back into her daydream and she saw how she killed the kidnapper and she found out what really happened that night. This book was about a seventeen year old girl named jamie tessman and how she moved to chicago. she missed her friend Webb so much that she started to daydream about him and the daydreams got so real that they actually out her in grave danger.
Sep 05, 2012 Enna rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012

When I started this book, I would have never anticipated the ending! I had a pretty good idea what Jamie was trying to hide, but I never felt so surprised at an ending before!

It started off good, describing the characters and what she has to deal with; especially when her mother is a very important lawyer in a very important case.

This is where I felt it dragged in a bit, but I soon realized each detail became important when it came to Jamie's past.

Like I sa
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 T.M. Carper rated it it was ok
Morgan and her aunt have cameos in the book (from Deaver's "Say Goodnight, Gracie"), which deals with Jamie, the only child of a hardworking lawyer mother.

After moving to Boston, Jamie begins blacking out and thinking she was with her friend, Webb. The blackouts become a dangerous problem, leading her to therapy with Morgan's aunt.

Slowly, the truth about the night she met Webb unfolds, giving up a secret she's kept locked inside since she was nine.

The psychology details are very true to life an
Dec 14, 2008 Reyzhyne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
In This book there's a girl named Jamie Tessman and her mom is a big time lawyer. Her mother never has time for her until the summer break. Jamie experienced a couple of "daydreams" which cause her to completely black out. She was involved in a few accidents because of the black outs and a close friend,Morgan,suggests she get help. Her internal problems seemed to only get worse but with the help of Morgan's aunt she is able to identify her problem and get better. I liked how Morgan's aunt, the ...more
Nov 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
In all fairness, it deserves maybe 2 1/5 stars because I never put it down. I read it in two hours but it just didn't click me with me. I kept reading hoping there would be more too it.
Ali Mark
Feb 16, 2016 Ali Mark rated it really liked it
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After a rocky end to her junior year, Jamie also finds out she'll be moving (for the summer anyways) to Chicago with her mom while she tries a big case. This only gets worse when she finds out that Webb, her crush, will be without technology and living off the grid as he goes backpacking through Europe. When Jamie meets her new friend Morgan, will Jamie's shaken reality destroy her? Or will she embrace her new reality?

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Nov 29, 2016 Marydalia rated it it was amazing
I would love to know what happened to Ellis once face the kidnapping charges!

Love the book anyways.. recommended !!
Lillian Oliveira
Nov 08, 2011 Lillian Oliveira rated it it was amazing
The book, The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver, is a great book and I would definitely recommend it. Its about a girl, named Jamie who has this friend named Webb. She says that Webb has always been there for her, and that he’s her only friend. The weird thing is, is that no one else knows who Webb is, besides Jamie.

Jamie’s mom, is a lawyer. She defends people who’s been accused of doing a crime. Over the summer, when Jamie was out of school, her mother has to go to Chicago to defend a
Creative A
Feb 19, 2010 Creative A rated it really liked it
When Jamie goes to California with her lawyer mother for an important trial, leaving her best friend Webb behind, Jamie finds herself having vivid daydreams about Webb. At first she thinks that it's just because she misses him. Even though she's made an awesome new friend in California, she feels so lost without Webb.
But when the daydreams start making her blackout, Jamie can't deny that something more is happening to her than missing Webb--it's almost like she's been using Webb to protect herse
Sep 12, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
The Night I Disappeard by Julie Reece Deaver is an interesting book at first it seeemed boring and annoying how julie always was acting like in a weird supperticious way.I would really not care the only reason i was reading this book was becasue i had to do a project for my english class and I kind didnt wanna read it but after i read one chapter i was really in it i couldnt believe it i was actually reading a book this book was about julie She believed that she had a friend that was always with ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite books while in junior high/high school. It's a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

Jaime has never fit in at her boarding school. The only one who seems to understand her is her boyfriend, Webb, whom she meets up with as often as possible after school. But when her mother, who's a lawyer, has to travel to Chicago for a high-profile case, Jaime is dragged along, leaving Webb behind for the first time since she was a child
Apr 18, 2010 Da rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q-3
Jamie Tessman, a 17-year-old girl faces hardships once she's moved to Chicago. Flashing from and to memories and reality, Jamie finds herself dazed and confused. Unable to recall what really happened, she remains in that condition. One day, she meets a girl named Morgan, who quickly becomes her best mate. No one seemed to notice what was happening to Jamie, not even her mom until Morgan spent more time with Jamie. Noticing her condition, she rapidly recommends Jamie to her aunt, a physician. ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-12
Having to move from sunny California to dreary Chicago, to be closer to her mom’s job as a high profile lawyer; was not Jamie Tessman’s idea of a summer dream vacation. As her mom spends all hours on her media covered murder case, trying to prove a teen’s innocence, Jamie is left to wander and daydream about her best friend, sort of boyfriend who left to go on a Europe backpacking adventure. But when reality and fantasy start to blend together and Jamie starts to get lost in her own mind. She’s ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Cember rated it liked it
I admit, I'm more of a scifi/paranormal type of girl. I couldn't tell if this was one of said books when I seen it at one of my frequently visited stores, but it's story dialog definitely caught my interest so I figured why not?

This book is about Jamie whom daydreams a different reality to cope with her current life she's experiencing. I give the author props. It's hard to realize where exactly these realities are different, but I am a bit sour with the mother whom is a workaholic and I felt th
Jordan Rigsby
Nov 14, 2011 Jordan Rigsby rated it liked it
I remember reading this book a while back and loving it. So I decided to reread it a year or two ago. It was still really interesting. The plot is about a girl living with her mom who was a high profile attorney. She doesn't fit in at school, but she doesn't care because her best friend doesn't go to her school, a boy named Webb. Over the summer her mom moves them temporarily to Chicago so she can defend a high profile client, Jaimie doesn't want to go, but finally does. When there she starts ...more
Alicia Scully
Feb 19, 2012 Alicia Scully rated it really liked it
Jamie's mother is a lawyer working on a highly publicized case that will force them to travel across country for the summer. Jamie's best friend Webb will be backpacking across Europe for the summer and it's the first time that they'll be apart since they met when Jamie was nine. Once she gets to Chicago, Jamie starts having problems staying in the real world, she starts seeing Webb everywhere, and she starts to worry that there may be something truly wrong with her mind. I read this book when I ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Jamie Tessman is a girl who is slowly losing contact with reality. Her childhood friend, Webb, is taking up more and more of her time and her grades are falling in school. She has to move for a while to Chicago where her mother, who is a lawyer, is involved in a major case for the defense.

Jamie begins to spend more and more time "zoning out," eventually resulting in one trip to the emergency room when she crashes a bike she is riding, and another trip when no one seems to be able to bring her ou
Apr 03, 2012 Eve added it
The Night I Disappeared, by Julie Reece Deaver, is about a girl named Jamie who has just moved to Chicago. She finds herself daydreaming about her boyfriend, Webb, and is taken back to memories of him. She continues to slip into daydreams of him, and they seem to be getting longer and longer. Jamie’s friend Morgan notices that something is weird, and has to help her fix what’s wrong. Jamie finds out through these memories that she has a disturbing, scary past.
I loved this book! It was a quick
Oct 26, 2010 Jean rated it liked it
One year when I was doing inventory this book showed up on the missing items list, which I thought was kind of amusing. Recently it reappeared and so I felt I had an obligation to read it. The idea of a girl creating an imaginary friend when she is nine years old to help her deal with a traumatic event was an interesting one. When the story unfolds Jamie is seventeen and reality is catching up with her. Though, the concept was interesting, it was a little too neat--Jamie "accidentally" meets a ...more
I read this book as an independent reading book for my english class and had a blast doing it! I fouced on daydreams and got the class involved by asking them some questions about their daydreams. I collected the papers at the end and i am now enjoying reading over the answers.

I couldn't put this book down it was fun to read and grabbed my attention from the beginning. Daydreaming is something i do constantly so i freaked me out a little when Jamie's daydreaming turned into a problem. She would
Fabiola Barriga
Sep 09, 2016 Fabiola Barriga rated it really liked it
A very good book with a twist.
Courtney Johnson
Mar 31, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It got me hooked from the very beginning. I liked how the book was divided into parts. Near part 3, I thought that Webb might be an imaginary friend, and it turned out he was. I did not see the kidnapping/killing coming at all. That one put me into shock. It was such a surprise! I also liked how Webb's characteristics were of her dad. Her mom started paying attention to her near the end of the book which was nice. One thing I did wonder about was Morgan. She mentioned ...more
Kira Krolicki
Jan 17, 2008 Kira Krolicki rated it really liked it
Jamie is a 17 year old girl who doesn’t have many friends. Her mother is a famous lawyer so she doesn’t have much time for her. Jamie has one special friend, or so she thinks, named Webb. When Jamie moves to Chicago with her mom for her mom’s job she starts having a lot of day dreams about Webb. They turn into more than day dreams and she gets into trouble and is put into a psychiatric ward. She has to spill out her past to the doctors so they can try to help her, but this is a very difficult ...more
Kat Kent
Jul 30, 2011 Kat Kent rated it it was amazing
This is a sad, physcological story of an outcast girl, with a mom who is nice and loves her, but doesn't have time for her. She has no siblings or father there with her (he died) and so she has a friend she's borderline romantic with. After a therapy time in chicago with her mom on a big case, the therapist breaks down the mental walls she so carefully put up to protect her mind from the outside world. All the quick violence and deceit from her babysitter when she was little hurting her years ...more
Jul 25, 2016 SraPanadera rated it did not like it
Say Goodnight, Gracie is my favorite book of all time. This is the sorriest excuse to bring out Morgan Hackett (and Aunt Loey and Jimmy) that I could have possibly imagined. SGG is not perfect by any means, but if Deaver absolutely had to get this particular story out of her system, I wish she would have invented new characters (with quickly slapped-on back stories) than have dragged Morgan et al through this mess. And if she wanted to write about Morgan again---seriously???? If this was the ...more
Nov 26, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
Recommended to Mary by: Jennifer
I keep coming back to this book for some reason, despite the fact that certain elements -- the presence of Morgan from SGG for instance -- seem almost too simple or clean to be compelling. Overall, this book tends to remind me of a piece of writing advice from Anne Lammott, which states that if you have a character in therapy, you can improve the plot by scrapping the therapist. But for a quick read, it's compelling, and I find myself saying "just one more chapter" a lot, which makes it even ...more
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