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Peter Abrahams
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Reality Check

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  1,996 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.
Published 2009 by Recorded Books
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Sep 29, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abrahams has yet to disappoint. A Master of his craft. A pleasure to read.
Reianna Cambridge
May 19, 2009 Reianna Cambridge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story was alright but there were so many things that I really disliked about the book. I would not let my teen read this book. There was underage drinking, gambling, pre-marital sex, tons of swearing, which are all topics and ideas I don't want to be putting into my teen's head.
Jun 21, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-suspense
I could not put this one down. I really felt a connection to Cody, the main character. He has really only two things going for him - he used to be a great high school football player until he injured his knee and then dropped out of school, and he used to date the richest, most intelligent girl in town, until her dad sends her to an exclusive prep school in Vermont. When Clea, the girl, disappears, Cody gets in his car and drives from Colorado to Vermont, hoping to find her himself.
I loved how
Kate Coombs
Sep 05, 2009 Kate Coombs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cody is a football star and is dating a rich girl in a small town in Colorado. Then his life goes down the tubes: Clea's father sends her to a private school in Vermont to keep her away from this kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Cody suffers an injury that keeps him from playing football. Cody drops out of school to work at a dead-end job. Figuring he really is a loser, he avoids Clea's efforts to get in touch.

Then the news comes out: Clea has gone missing. Pretty soon Cody heads east
May 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Reality Check
Cady Crowell

I loved this book because it kept me wanting to keep turning the page and read more to find out where Clea was and what happened to her. The author made her disappearance like real life by having her riding her horse in the forest and never coming back to the barn with her horse. The best part that made me feel that there are some great guys out there and it was nice that Cody went all the way to Vermont from Colorado to find out what happened to Clea. That really shows
I don't have any misconceptions about the quality of this book. I've given better books less than three stars, but for whatever reason, I found this to be a very pleasant read at just the right time.

What's it about? The main plot doesn't get going until fairly late in the game, and I don't want to give it away. So I'll kind of dance around it. Cody is a star football player, not exactly an intellectual but sharp in his own way. His girlfriend, Clea, is a super-student whose intelligence is much
Mitchel Broussard
This felt sort of a step down from Abraham's Echo Falls mysteries. Cody was an okay main character, but had none of the charm and wit of Ingrid from the Falls trilogy. And the most important thing about a mystery novel, the, you know, mystery, was way to simple.

Early on its established that Cody is from the poor side of town (he lives over a bar and his dad is a heavy drinker). But Clea, his girlfriend, lives in a mansion, has acres of farmland, and her own purebred horse. So when Clea leav
Kolden Baehman
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book. Throughout the whole book, I was wondering what happened to Clea. I thought that Clea was lost in the woods, but as I started to read I was starting to think that she was kidnapped.

Plot Summary:
Cody and Clea get out of school for the summer and Clea is sent to live with her uncle in Hong Kong. To keep himself busy, Cody worked and lifted for football all summer. Clea came back from Hong Kong and told Cody that she was being forced to go to Dover Acad
Jul 24, 2009 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I really enjoy Abrahams' YA mysteries. Reality Check is not part of the Echo Falls series. Cody, our protagonist is a 16 year old boy, from lower-middle class small town Colorado. His girlfriend, Clea, is from a rich mining family. Her dad does not approve of Cody and when Dad catches the two of them in her room, he sends Clea off to a Vermont boarding school. When poor student and quarterback Cody, has a season-ending knee injury in the first football game of the season, he ends up dropping out ...more
Tanner Shirghio
Reality Check
Peter Abrahams
This book has 2 main characters named Cody (the football star),and Clea (his girlfriend). Cody and Clea were hanging out at Clea's house, not thinking of when her dad was gonna come home and see he was there. But when Cody heard her dad pulling in the driveway, it was to late to get out of there. So Clea's dad thought for disobeying his rules, she is going to go live with his brother in Hong Kong for the summer. When Clea gets to Hong Kong, her and Cody still talk...bu
Cody Laredo has a near perfect life. He is a football star, his girlfriend is the beautiful daughter of the richest man in town, and he looks to cruise through his next year of high school on minimal effort. Then he injures his knee, his girlfriend moves away, and he drops out of school. Apathetic and depressed, he learns of his girlfriend's disappearance on the other side of the country. He's got nothing to lose, so he leaves town to help in the search for her. What he finds in New England, doe ...more
Kara Moss
May 21, 2011 Kara Moss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i tend to read teen/young adult and Christian books because generally they avoid swearing and kids sleeping together. that is not the case with this book. i returned it to the library when i read the F word three times on one page. i would like to have read the whole book, but the language bothered me!
Oct 19, 2010 Blitzkriegbop rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised at all the favorable reviews - this is probably one of the worth YA fiction books I have ever read, and I've read over 100. The storyline was extremely slow. I kept hoping that something new would come along, but nothing ever did. Even when the mystery was solved I felt a great sense of dissatisfaction. Everything about the plot and characters was weak to me.
Sarah Senft
Jun 07, 2011 Sarah Senft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book!!! It was soo good!!!! This is my all time favorite book!! I think everybody should read it!!
Dec 02, 2009 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm only a short way into this book, but the repeated use of language I don't care to read, hear, say, or think has put me off. I will be returning this to the library unread.
Dec 13, 2015 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate this book so much that each word is like a tiny "fuck you" from the author. On page 206 and not a single important thing has happened.
Sep 27, 2011 Sierra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Between the cursing, poor plot, and just plain worst main character since bella if I could give this a zero star rating I would.
May 04, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice plot twists! Engaging easy to read YA Mystery.
May 05, 2015 Zoey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Ending was a bit rushed, but I fucking love the way Peter Abrahams writes.
Pamela Huxtable
Feb 11, 2017 Pamela Huxtable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya-fiction
As always, a solid mystery with good character development. Cody is a very well done protagonist who rises to the occasion.
Mar 17, 2017 Moriah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2017 Colton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think this was a great book i like this book because it is really realistic compaired to the rest of the books ive read this year
Jan 03, 2011 Maranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Cody is a Sixteen year old boy who only loves football and his wonderful girlfriend, Clea. Cody does not like school what so ever, he just tries to have his grades high enough so that he can keep playing football and hopefully get a football scholarship. All of his dreams get ruined quite quickly though.
Cody lives with his father, who is not the wealthiest; more like on the other side of the spectrum. Clea, his girlfriend, on the other hand is extremely wealthy. Clea’s father does not approve o
Meghan Rau
Sep 08, 2011 Meghan Rau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cody is the quarterback of his school's football team.He has a girlfriend, Clea. Clea is sent to a prep school out east to better prepare her for Ivy League colleges, and there is where she disappears.This book is really getting interesting. I want to check out the movie as well. I can't wait to find out exactly what happens to Clea and why.......Cody and Clea exchange emails and a phone call now and then. Clea was sent to live with her uncle in Hong Kong for the summer.When Clea returns, more b ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Final Verdict First:

Simple writing, an easy-to-follow plot, a relatable male protagonist, and a suspenseful mystery make Reality Check a perfect read for boys, reluctant readers, and fans of YA crime fiction. Also a great pick for travel reading, when you want something light but engaging.

The Full Review:

Cody is a good-looking sixteen-year-old who loves football, his girlfriend, Clea…and not much else. Cody doesn’t care much for school; his only goal is to just slide by so he can continue playin
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I spent the first 6 chapters reading about bland teenage characters and thinking how could this guy be Steven King's "favorite American suspense novelist?"

Then all it took is just one paragraph in the next chapter and boom! I realized there and then that Mr. Abrahams had been setting me up slowly and skilfully, like a spider weaving a silky web. And I was hopelessly caught.

Great fiction. Masterful narrative pace.
James Luttrull
Mar 03, 2015 James Luttrull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality Check Book Review

I am writing this book review for Ms. Orona’s 2nd period English IV class. The title of the book I read is was Reality Check, written by Peter Abrahams. There are 330 pages in the book, and was published by HarperCollins. There are only two reasons on why I chose to read Reality Check. The first reason is that I like sporty type of books and it was football related. The other reason is not necessarily the book being required to read, but I was required to read a book fo
Feb 06, 2017 Wyatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personnel response: I did not like Reality Check as much as I thought I was going to like the book. The book said a suspense novel, and in my opinion,I did not think there was that much suspense or horror in the book. Although the character plotting in Reality Check was very outgoing, and the characters matched the book quite well. All in all I would not like to read this book again only because I never really thought the suspense was enough.

Plot: Ever since kindergarten Cody has gotten straight
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

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