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Wherever Nina Lies

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,372 ratings  ·  312 reviews
KIRKUS called this heart-pounding YA mystery "gripping...Sibling loyalty, quirky characters, misplaced trust and the very questionable kindness of a stranger guarantee a riveting read."

Nina was beautiful, wild & adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. 2 years later, everyone has given up hope that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her siste...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Point
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Never in my life have I had the need to rant. Never.

But today, my friends, that changes forever.

Mind you, I'm only like on page fucking hundred of the book. But every two pages I stop, take out my pencil, and actually CORRECT the grammar of some sentences (even though I'm not supposed to; it's a library book. I'll erase it some day). Because this, my dears, is one of the most worst-written books I've ever seen in my life.

(Actually, it's not that horrible. Compared to that book 'Need' by Carri...more
It’s been two long years since Ellie’s older sister Nina has disappeared. Pretty much everyone has given up any hope that Nina will return, but not Ellie. Ellie can’t bear to think Nina, her sister whom she loves and idolizes, could be dead. Ellie desperately wants to find Nina, and when she stumbles upon a portrait of her, drawn by Nina, she’s certain she’s found her clue. With the help of a hot and mysterious stranger named Sean, Ellie sets off on a seemingly wild-goose chase for the whereabou...more
Hui Hui
Nina, who is adored by her younger sister, Ellie, has been missing for two years. Everyone has given up hopes in finding her, except Ellie. One day she found a picture drawn by Nina inside a book, the first clue that leads Ellie to a breathtaking journey. Along this journey, she meets a gorgeous, mysterious guy called Sean, who claims to understand her feelings. Is this guy trustworthy? Together, they travel to places looking for Nina.

At first, I thought I wouldn't want to read this book becaus...more
Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about a plot twist. This book is one of the most incredibly not cliche not predictable books I have ever read. I have to admit, while reading it I noticed a lot of forshadowing about... things but I read this in two days while I was braiding my hair and let's just say that it had me gasping. I can say that it's a book for people who are looking to be able to relate to the main character (hopefully none of your siblings have been missing for two years) but at the same time not...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Nina mysteriously left two years ago, and now her younger sister, Ellie, is searching for her lost sister. Even though Ellie's good friends, Amanda and Brad, say she should just give up, Ellie simply can't. This is her only sister. She can't go on through life without knowing what happened to Nina.

So, after Ellie sees a drawing her sister did and a phone number on a piece of old cardboard, she starts hunting for Nina.

Early on, Ellie meets the nice guy, Sea...more
Oh my Gosh! At first when I picked up this book, I thought I would be reading a very lighthearted book about a girl whose sister ran away two years prior taking a road trip with this guy she had a crush on. Then (Spoiler alert!) the story takes a MAJOR turn. Well there were minor clues along they way to help you figure it out but I honestly didn't think much of it. So, one minute you think that this guy, Sean, and this girl, Ellie, are happily in puppy love, but No! This guy is just crazy. He go...more
If there's one thing I've got to say about this book, it's that it's misleading marketed. Look at the cover. Does it scream "plot-twisty horror thriller" to you? The cut-out ransom letters do look suspicious, but the color-scheme just makes the book look like another fluffy teen YA. NOT SO. (Although I actually do really love the cover, I just find it misleading.) I'm in no way saying that John Green's Paper Towns was a gender-specific book, but this really read like a version of Paper Towns (pl...more
What. A. Mess.
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But the whole thing was quite simply a mess. First off, the plot was very unrealistic. The way that the girls control their whole lives without any parents' input is just ridiculous. They run around and go to Nebraska without telling their mothers (it'd make more sense if you read the book). Second, this crazy boy, Sean, who is "in love" with Ellie just seems crazy from the start. Any real person would understand that, but the author...more
I tweeted Lynn on being ecstatic about her upcoming book: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls as it is pegged as the YA Gone Girl (and I love Gone Girl!). While waiting, I had to read this.

The first few chapters introduce us to Ellie as she is trying to move on from a traumatic experience two years ago and that is the disappearance of her sister, Nina. One fateful day, Ellie sees one of Nina's drawings with a phone number on it. She felt like it was time to look for her sister again and that is w...more
Ellie just can't give up. She can't give up the life she had when her sister was part of her family. She can't give up the belief that her sister is somewhere out there. She can't give up the belief that if she found her, Nina would be happy to see her.

Ellie's sister Nina has been gone for two years now and everybody seems to have given up hope that she will ever return. Everyone except Ellie. When Ellie finds a picture that she knows is Nina's the search is on. If she can just find someone who...more
Aik Chien 인첸
I don't like being so critical when I'm writing a review, but this book just doesn't make any sense. Ellie's sister Nina went missing two years ago, but she never accept the fact that her sister may not be coming home anymore. One day she obtained a random drawing that was clearly Nina's, and she went looking for her. She arrived at a place called Mothership and got to know a stranger. Well, a strikingly handsome stranger, that is. Not long afterwards, she went with this stranger to look for her...more

This was a quick read with a fast paced plot although admittedly predictable. Red flags went off in my mind far earlier than they ever did for Ellie but given her situation, I didn't find it irritating or uncharacteristic at all. Her wild, artsy sister who had a habit of sneaking out left one night and never returned. Her mother more or less lives in denial, sometimes even coming off as relieved, forcing the burden of finding her to fall on Ellie- at least in Ellie's mind it does.

When she starts...more
Good Golly Miss Holly
With three simple words, this novel can easily be described: road-trip, romance and mystery. All of which make Lynn Weingarten's debut effort sound as fun and carefree as any other book available in the teen section but what sets this one apart is the suspense that takes ahold of you at the mid-way point. I found it almost impossible to set this one down once the action and adventure had begun, I am surprised to say that the real mystery buried beneath these pages left me in awe.

Meet Ellie. She'...more
In my opinion, "Wherever Nina Lies" was a very good book. It is the first book that I have read of Lynn Weingarten, and I liked how she put a lot of details in the story to make us understand what was really going on. I also liked how some people or some parts of the book were related to each other, to make the suspense even bigger. As an exemple, Sean, who met Lia in a party, helped her find clues about Nina's (Lia's siter) disappearence 2 years ago. Around page 247 through the end of the book,...more
Hannah C.
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Trisha W.
I can not say enough good things about this book. This is Lynn Weingarten's first book, and it will not be the last I will read by her in the future.

I loved Ellie's character in this book. The book starts off with Ellie working at the coffee shop, she goes to a party with her friend only to meet a guy who shows up at the coffee shop the next day and gives Ellie a ride home. After talking for a little while he offers to drive her to find her sister. And the story really takes off. The guy who dri...more
En realidad le hubiera puesto menos estrellas si no fuera por el final, ese final tan inesperado es lo que yo espero en muchos libros y nunca me lo dan.
Lee ~(back up, baby, back up- did you forget everything?)~
Excuse my language, but I must say than when I first finished this (or more precisely, when the book reached its climax) my words were as followed:
When I first picked up this book I expected it to be just like John Greens book, Paper Towns, because the briefing basically says "SISTER GOES MISSING. SHE FINDS CLUE. TAKES CRUSH ON A JOURNEY ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND HER." which is so similar to synopsis of Paper Towns, which basically says "CRUSH GOES MISSING. HE FINDS CLUE. HE T...more
Alicia Glee
Wherever Nina Lies:
Este es un libro que me sorprendió, me entretuvo y no fue para nada predecible.
Es un tema muy interesante y como se va desarrollando es una de las cosas que más me gusto porque cuando ya se tenia una sospecha de como iba terminar da un giro que realmente no se espera. Por más que hay momentos que te pueden guiar a llegar a la conclusión correcta realmente no le das la importancia necesaria ya que estás metido en el personaje. (Aunque sea eso es lo que me sucedió a mi)
Los perso...more

I liked this book quite a bit. Ellie is trying to find her sister, Nina, who mysteriously disappeared 2 years ago. She follows a trail of clues to try and track her down, hoping that this will be the time that she finds her.

The quest for Nina is very interesting, the clues are really cool, and it's just fun to read. It's nice and light. However, there is one glaring problem that I can't get over.

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Kali Dylan
Wherever Nina Lies tell the story of a younger sister (Ellie) searching for her older sister (Nina) who has been missing for two years. With the help of a random handsome stranger (Sean) who Ellie met at a party, Ellie believes with every clue she finds and Sean's help she is one step closer to finding her beloved sister. In a story full of all kinds of mystery, love, and plot twists, will Ellie ever see her sister again?

This book touched my heart. With me having an older sister and it just bein...more
I loved the plot twist toward the end! It wasn't entirely a surprise, but it really got my heart pumping.

Ellie misses her older sister Nina, who walked out on the family two years ago and hasn't been heard from since. She's tried to move on with her life, but she can't get over losing Nina. While rummaging through a box of stuff at a local thrift store, she finds one of her sister's drawings along with a phone number. Around that same time, she also meets a sweet new guy who's sympathetic to he...more
This is the best book I have ever read!!!! It is sooooo good I want to read it over and over and over again!!!!
Rachel Hamilton
When I saw Frozen for the first time, it really reminded me of this book. Just the idea of two sisters drifting apart over time, and the younger sister wishing that the older sister wasn't so distant and that they could spend more time together. Then, both stories also involve the younger sister setting off on an adventure to find the older; she won't give up on her big sister no matter what, even though everyone else has. There are also much more similarities, I just don't want to include any s...more
I finished this book about 15 hours ago and I'm still thinking about it.
I'm not going to spoil anything, but just know that THE COVER IS LYING TO YOU. AND SO IS THE BACK COVER. AND SO IS THE FIRST 75% OF THE BOOK. They all make you think this a typical fluffy fluffball of a book.
This is not a fluffy fluffball of a book. Just be prepared for major plot twists. Except you might actually pick up the foreshadowing. Which I didn't. So now I'm still thinking, Whaaaaat? Yeah. T...more
Este libro tuvo cosas que me gustaron, pero la mayoría del tiempo fue todo tan horrible que me reía mientras leía de lo horrible que era.
Creo que era una historia con un tema que prometía pero la autora no lo supo explotar.
Primero que nada, las cosas que pasaban eran muy poco realistas. Y no solo los hechos, sino las decisiones que tomaban los personajes, eran tan estúpidas y sin sentido que no se entendía a dónde querían llegar.
Voy a ir más o menos en orden con las cosas que son imposibles de c...more
Nagina Khan
Dude. I am totally going to read this book for the extremely shallow reason that I share my name with the title of this book. Dude.

I tried to read it for the aforementioned shallow reason, and then also because the plot sounded good. Except I reached like, page 70 when I gave up because IT IS SO STUPID. STOOOPID. STYOOOOBID. You don't just meet gorgeous guys with 'eyes the colour of wet slate', who spew some crazy stuff about how it was written in the stars for you to meet him at a housewrecking...more
The BookWhisperer
This is a wonderfully captivating story of love and loss turned mystery. With an enjoyable lesson of following your gut; instinct it will protect you when all else fails. Ellie� s character is easy to sympathize. A young girl that has lost her sister, and has no way of knowing if she is alive or dead. Sean is a very believable character, and realistically portraits the dangerous scavengers of today� s society. This story holds a valuable lesson to the younger generation that not everyone can be...more
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Lynn Weingarten is a writer of books, eater of snacks, and friend of dogs. Hello!

Her first young adult novel, Wherever Nina Lies, was published by Scholastic Point. It was a NYPL Book for the Teen Age and a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee, an ALA Top Ten Popular Paperback for Young Adults, was nominated for the 2011-2012 Oklahoma Library Association’s Sequoyah Book Award, and has been translated into...more
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