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Vanished: When Lightning Strikes / Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You #1 & 2)

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A gift…or a curse?

Jessica Mastriani has never liked attention. All she wants is to make it to high school graduation like any ordinary girl. But when Jess is struck by lightning, she becomes anything but ordinary: suddenly she has the ability to locate missing children.

Now Jess is getting noticed in all the wrong ways and by all the wrong people. The media is obsessed wi

Paperback, 540 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Karen Keyte
Meg Cabot rocks, there's no doubt about that. This early series, originally published under her Jenny Carroll pen name, is an absolute blast. Do yourself a favor and get books 3, 4 and 5, too. Once you've read the first two, you'll want to keep on going.

I've decided that it really doesn't matter what Meg Cabot writes about, she's such a talented author that I'm pretty much guaranteed to like any of her books. Meg Cabot novels have solid, fast-paced plots, wonderful characte
May 09, 2012 Ploy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not really sure what I was expecting in this book when I first read it. It turns out the author, Meg Cabot, is extremely talented. This book got me thinking pretty well. In short, I liked it.

Jessica Mastriani was your average sixteen year old girl... until she got hit by lightning. Did she die? Was she injured? No. She seemed fine. That is, until she discovered she came find missing people dead or alive. In the second book, she had already discovered that not everyone wants to be found. So
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Jul 17, 2011 Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale rated it really liked it
Vanished was a great story. Sassy Jessica Mastriani is a girl who doesn't like to be bothered much. She likes it even less when you say something horrible about her friends or family. This is why Jessica spends a lot of her free time in detention. Needless does Jessica know that serving detention is going to be the least of her worries.

I really really enjoyed Vanished. Meg Cabot is absolutely hilarious. I loved Jess. She is a great snarky and sarcastic character who you can't help but think that
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
Oct 30, 2010 Angelia Fransisca Rusli rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, meg-cabot
I'm so lucky to find this two-in-one book because it is super hard to find any part of this book nowadays.
Plus, two books in one?

When Lightning Strikes

Jess Mastriani was struck by lightning. So, she's dead? No. Coma? No. She's perfectly healthy. Until she dreamt of the exact location of missing children and called 1-800-where-r-you. And... voila! The missing children are back! But is she doing the right thing? What if some of the children didn't want to be find?

Written in typically Meg Cabot'
Dec 07, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it
Vanish by Meg Cabot is one big book with the first two books of the 1-800-Where-R-You series. The book introduces a young teenage girl named Jessica, aka Jess. Jessica is a very likable character, with her funny, and sometimes sarcastic humor, but her character is likable because of the bravery and guts she had when trying to find the kidnapped child. Both books had emotions that Jess felt, allowing the reader to feel like love, or anger, and even happiness, knowing that Jess did the right thing ...more
Jan 30, 2016 ilham.mukhtar rated it really liked it
Giving the book a try so when people bash chick-lit, I'll know what about it to bash, well - objectively. Another reason is the fact that I want to know Meg Cabot. In a strange way, she didn't disapoint. I know I should choke and fell of the chair reading how Manstriani, the less than perfect protagonist, displaying every bit of signs of girls hitting puberty, but I didn't.

Perhaps due to the way how she goes about it unapologetically.

Another run to Meg Cabot's? No thanks, though. I'll ensure my
Mar 07, 2014 Veronica rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book ( or should I say books) was really amazing and I had to give it five stars, well the second one wasn't my favorite but it was still great.

The great things about this book
1) I can really relate to it. And it's so true, it really felt like someone was really telling their life story, if we lived in a world where we would find missing children with the power of our minds.
With powers
2) great detail, I loved how it really described everything, I felt so connected to Jess.
3) rob.

And there
Mar 14, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it
I was very lucky to get this two in one book. I haven't read anything by Meg Cabot before. I'm seriously questioning why that is after reading this. I didn't know I would like it so much. I picked it up only because I am (was) plodding through another book that... I really don't like. Jess is a very likable heroine. She is struck by lightening one day walking home from school with her best friend Ruth. After that, she knows where missing kids are when she wakes up in the morning. Jess has a real ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 04, 2014 Renae rated it really liked it
As this is written as if told by a teenage girl, it makes it more enjoyable.
Book one.
Jess is hit by lightning, but tries to keep the effects secret. Hard to do when it gave you the power to find missing people and you ring in the addresses to the Missing People hotline...they tend to notice these things. Unfortunately it can hinder your attempts at saying out of the spotlight and your mum's attempt at being a normal family.
Book two.
Jess knows the Feds are still watching her, which is why Rosem
i loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.

meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teen angst in a very uncomplicated way. this jess actually reminds me of jessica darling from sloppy firsts - which is another series that i liked a lot despite myself.

i mean, sure. there's the part where jess talks about wearing short skirts and can't stop thinking about a certain grit . . . but it really didn't bother me. she's 16 and it makes sense
Sep 24, 2014 Darsha rated it it was amazing
cant wait to get my hands on the 3rd book!
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
Reissue of the first two books in her 1-800-Where-R-You series: When Lightning Strikes and Code Name Cassandra. Personally I think "Vanished" is a misleading title. The main character can find missing children after being struck by lightening.
Sep 16, 2014 Audrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to love this series

having good memories with the paper backs, I decided to match the collection I already had. the problem is, Mrs. cabot seems to be only able to write teenage girls in one way. every book seems to be a version of Jess, and each book she writes has problems of their own. the most prominent being the consistent gay bashing. from the lesbo joke to the "God that's so gay" usual spiel, rereading the first two books hurt my heart a little. I used to love these books so much. J
Bea Angeles
Jul 29, 2011 Bea Angeles rated it really liked it
This book is pretty good.
It would be really cool if you have the power Jessica has.
May 26, 2012 Tyraa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist, favorites
One of my FAV series when I was younger by a very talented author.
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really liked this book. It was an interesting premise and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I like the relationship between Rob and Jess and I really want them to get together. I also want to know why he is on probation. The ending few chapters had major cliff hangers and kept me hooked. When everyone thought Shane was dead and then when Keelys fake dad showed up, it was very intense. Although the second book had a good ending, I can't wait to read the next few books and fini ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
My Review from Kitabu (

I’ve been kind of in a reading funk lately. Nothing has really appealed to me. So, what do I reach for when nothing else will do? That’s right. Meg Cabot.

One of Meg’s older series is the 1-800-Where-R-You series (which, was actually originally published under the name Jenny Carroll, silly authors and their pseudonyms). It has recently been released as Vanished- which features the first two books in the series in one volume. It has b
Sep 06, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
When I picked this weighty tome up from our office lending library, I didn't expect it to be quite this fast a read ... or as entertaining!

Jessica Mastriani is struck by lightning on the way home after school, and wakes up the next day able to find missing children once she sees their photograph.

This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse, as we see through the two books combined in this omnibus edition. Some kids don't want to be found ... and the Dept. of Defense wants her to use her powe
Jan 24, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2011
An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
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Pages.672 $9.99

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work”--Mark Twain. Vanished is written by Meg Cabot, this novel's genre is fantasy. The main character of the novel, Jessica Mastriani, was just a normal girl but everything changed when lightning struck her. Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer and she wrote many other novels for instan
Apr 21, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Vanished is a new bind up of the first two books in a paranormal series by Meg Cabot.

Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl with issues. It just so happens that her issues are somewhat more complicated than most teens. When Lightning Strikes sees Jessica’s rather geeky existence take a turn for the paranormal when, you guessed it, she gets struck by lightning on her way home. Suddenly Jess has the strangest ability she can find missing people. She goes to bed the night of the lightning strike
Jan 31, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it
My gosh! I forgot how funny and hilarious Meg Cabot writes. I don’t know why I left this book unread for more than a year, when it’s such a page-turner. I didn’t realize I was about to finish it until I took a break and bookmarked it.

This book covered the first two books of the infamous 1-800-where-R-U series. Jess Mastriani’s your average 16-year old girl. Except that she got struck by lightning and got this great super powers- knowing where missing kids are. Really. It’s this unusual super po
Esther Bernstein
Jan 24, 2011 Esther Bernstein rated it it was amazing
Meg Cabot has such a great writing style. Like Jess, it's sassy and kick-ass, smart and funny, sarcastic and biting. Time flew when I was reading Vanished, because one thing after another happens and the pages seem to just turn themselves - the pacing is amazing, easing into the story a bit and then just taking off!! The funny things is that even when ridiculous things that don't seem very plausible happen, everything still feels so real.

I love Jess. With
Apr 15, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
This book series is AMAZING! seriously one of the best i've ever read! I checked it out because I absolutely love anything by Meg Cabot and it looked new (although it is just the 1 (800) WHERE ARE YOU series republished as Vanished) and I couldn't put it down. It's tied for my favorite series with Meg Cabot's other series The Princess Diares, which is impressive as I've read that series since the third grade.
Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl living in Southern Indiana with an average l
Kristin Miranda
Jul 18, 2014 Kristin Miranda rated it it was amazing
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Laura Martinelli
Jul 11, 2011 Laura Martinelli rated it really liked it
Ah, omnibus editions.

When Lightning Strikes: Unlike the first Mediator book, this doesn’t really grab me into the series at first. Which is a let-down seeing that a lot of the book focuses on how Jess gets her power in the first place.

The problem is the pacing of the plot—the whole book takes place within a week, two weeks tops. Jess hasn’t explored the limits of what she can do after three phone calls, although she doesn’t seem particularly disturbed by the fact that she knows where people are
Allison Bailey
Jul 04, 2011 Allison Bailey rated it really liked it
I just now read these books because I was afraid that they would be scary. I know, I'm a wimp, but I seriously have to be careful about thrillers because they scare the dickens out of me. Needless to say, I found these books to be adventurous and exciting, but not really scary, so that was good!

Basically, Jess is struck by lightning on her way home from school one day, and it gives her the ability to locate missing people. If she sees a picture of a missing child, the next day she wakes up knowi
Apr 05, 2013 Mrtracjk rated it really liked it
The book I chose to read over spring break was called When Lightning Strikes, by Meg Cabot. The protagonist of the book is a young teenage girl named Jessica Mastriani. Jessica was struck by lightning on her way home from detention and got psychics powers. These powers gave her the ability to locate missing children. She looks at pictures of missing children on a milk carton in the evening. Then, when she wakes up she knows the exact location of the missing.
Jessica Mastriani is not your typical
Oct 13, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Meg Cabot
Recommended to Hannah by: Gifted to me by a friend
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.

So, this book called Vanished is actually two separate books in one. Too bad Goodreads will not recognize this book as two separate ones in my book goal for 2012. Oh, well! Anyways, I w
Aug 17, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Both books were good, but they weren't amazing. First, there were a lot of grammar errors, like words that weren't spelled right. It was quite frequent, that it bothered me a lot. Second, there were some parts of the book that I found were stressful. That is why I come to the conclusion that this is not a book that I would enjoy reading a second time. I will however say that after reading the book, it makes me want to read the second one. I will most likely buy it later. The second Vanished bind ...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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Other Books in the Series

1-800-Where-R-You (5 books)
  • When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You, #1)
  • Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You, #2)
  • Safe House (1-800-Where-R-You, #3)
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