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Wherever Nina Lies

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,830 Ratings  ·  345 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
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
Sep 26, 2015 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
This is a book that can be divided into two very different parts. The first is a deeply felt, but not fraught, family mystery that includes a road trip with a cute and sweet boy. The second part... Well, I'll get to that.

Two years ago, Nina snuck out of her late at night and never came back. And her younger sister, Ellie, still misses her terribly, and can't let go of the hope that someday, she'll find her. The book is written from Ellie's perspective, so it's a good thing that I really liked he
Sep 22, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Hui Hui
Apr 25, 2011 Hui Hui rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory-2010-11
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
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
Das Buch lies sich super lesen und auch die Geschichte war an sich gut. Es war spannend, mit Ellie auf die Suche nach ihrer Schwester zu gehen und der Twist am Ende war zu einem Großteil unerwartet für mich. Auch wenn man bei einer Person schnell gemerkt hat, dass sie komisch ist, die Verstrickungen hätte ich nicht erwartet.

Ich finde es nur etwas schade, dass nie wieder ein Wort über die Band verloren wurde. Diese Episode der Reise fand ich mit am besten!
May 08, 2012 Daniella rated it really liked it
Shelves: road-trips
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
Jul 20, 2010 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2012 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 18, 2015 Jule rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rezensiert
Nina ist seit zwei Jahren verschwunden und Ellie kann nicht aufhören jedem Hinweis nachzugehen, der zu ihrer Schwester führen könnte. Doch nach zwei Jahren ohne Lebenszeichen scheint diese Suche fast hoffnungslos. Doch als Ellie neue Indizien findet und den attraktiven Sean kennenlernt, der sie bei ihrer Suche unterstützt, schöpft sie neue Hoffnung. Doch Ellie kann nicht ahnen, welch schreckliches Geheimnis sie bald darauf aufdecken wird…
Der Jugendthriller „Mottentanz“ von Lynn Weingarten erzähl
Julianna Germono
Jan 16, 2016 Julianna Germono rated it really liked it
The novel, Wherever Nina Lies, by Lynn Weingarten, is about the efforts of sixteen year-old Ellie Wrigley to find her missing older sister, Nina. One day, while visiting her best friend, Amanda at work, Ellie finds one of her sister's drawings in a box of junk with a phone number on it. Ellie attempts calls the number, and the person on the other end denies knowing Nina. Ellie and Amanda track down the person who dropped the box off, and go to a house-wrecking party he is throwing. While there ...more
Aug 02, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Aik Chien 인첸
Nov 12, 2010 Aik Chien 인첸 rated it it was ok
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
Good Golly Miss Holly
Jan 15, 2012 Good Golly Miss Holly rated it really liked it
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'
Oct 16, 2010 Isabelle rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 27, 2010 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, read2010
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
Sep 18, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it
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.
Ema Threse
Sep 29, 2015 Ema Threse rated it it was amazing
It took me until halfway through this book to really feel it, but then my heart was in my mouth for the rest of the story.

This was a fantastically constructed story. I'm always a little cynical about things that seem too crazy to happen in real life, but this was done so sweetly and with such emotion that it became believable.

I finished this book with an emotional hangover; I really went on a rollercoaster alongside Ellie in this book. In describing the book, it's not one that I would utterly ad
Joycie Welker
Sep 28, 2015 Joycie Welker rated it liked it
It was not, personally, my favorite. . .
But I have a big sister, just like Nina, so it stirred something in me right away.
Especially since I use to feel and be a lot like Ellie when I was younger, wanting to be around my sister and not always be around when her friend were, or otherwise I'd get ignored, lol.
I enjoyed how it showed at the end that sisterly love and family always win over anything else, no matter what! Frist with Amanda, her friend, giving up on her, than with the boy she falls
Aug 03, 2015 Ameya rated it liked it
This young adult suspense novel includes rock music, a road trip and dodgy teen characters.

Some of the novel is told in flashback about Ellie's reminisces of her four-year older sister, Nina. The rest is set in the present as Ellie searches for Nina, even though the police and her mother have given up on Nina being alive.

When you're sixteen like Ellie, you have a few expectations it seems: that your friend Amanda will keep emotionally supporting you in your grief and unfounded belief that your b
May 16, 2015 Roxy8 rated it really liked it
Wherever Nina Lies was a very well done book. It starts out as a simple read that allows you to see into the mind of a girl who's sister went missing. It was effective with how it portrayed Ellie, Nina's sister, as a confused girl who could never get over the fact that her artistic, caring and wild sister could just disappear. The whole book is about Ellie following clue's as to where she thinks Nina is with a Sean, a boy she had just met at a party while looking for any sign of her sister. Elli ...more
♥ Charlotte ♥
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
Alicia Glee
Jun 22, 2014 Alicia Glee rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it

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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May 07, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book until about half way through. The premise was very intriguing. I thought this would be a mystery, a who-done-it. But it was more of a psychological suspense-filled novel. I can't tell you why I really didn't like the book without giving away the big twist, but I can tell you some of the other reasons.[return][return]The biggest non-spoilery problem I had was how convenient all the clues are. Ellie gets a clue to go to a city, they go there, and out of all of the millions of pla ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Kyla rated it did not like it
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Lynn Weingarten is a writer and book editor. Her fourth book, SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, will be published by Simon Pulse in the US and Egmont UK/Electric Monkey in July 2015. She's on Twitter @lynnweingarten
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