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Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,617 Ratings  ·  1,740 Reviews
Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is fin
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
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Gail Jones
Jul 30, 2012 Gail Jones rated it liked it
Review: Shelter by Harlan Coben
Hmn, mixed feelings about this one. This is a young adult spin off from the well known Myron Bolitar series. I read it with great eagerness but couldn’t shake off a feeling of dissatisfaction.

This book is based around Mickey Bolitar, Myron’s fifteen-year-old nephew who came to live with him in the book ‘Live Wire’ when his father, Myron’s brother died in a car crash and his mother ended up in drug rehab.

If you haven’t read any Myron Bolitar books you’ll probably lo
Jan 19, 2012 Lou rated it liked it
This is the beggining of a series featuring main protagonist Mickey Bolitar nephew of Coben's other series protagonist Myron Bolitar. Thats funny starting a new series with a member of the family of a main protagonist. It would appeal to the young adult crowd who are not well read in thrillers and want to read a clean non-explicit story.
Mickey is a teenager and has quite a few problems to deal with one being his mother is in drug rehab and two his father is dead. He is meant to be dead but a my
Feb 02, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado!!!!! Vaya final... quiero más de MickeyBolitar jaja
Apr 30, 2014 Nina rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Apr 22, 2015 Mara rated it really liked it
One word: wow. I've never read Harlan Coben's books before, but if they're all like Shetler, I'm a fan. From page one all the way to the end, the Reader is kept in absolute suspense. Coben doesn't waste any time in getting into the mystery, and any parts that threaten to drag are immediately interrupted with a new twist that will boggle your mind. Mickey is one of the wittiest adolescent narrators I've encountered in modern literature; I didn't even find his talk about girls annoying, because he ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Harry rated it really liked it
For those who have read my reviews of the Myron Bolitar novels, Harlan Coben once again delivers a world-class series this time dealing with the nephew of Myron Bolitar. Unlike the Myron Bolitar series this series now includes the young adult audience as well as the mature audience Coben has been writing for. To my mind this is an incredible accomplishment: to engage both young adults as well as adults in equal fashion.

The writing style is slightly different: the prose has been excised and edite
”Some things you can only learn in the storm.”

Setting:Newark, New Jersey; 2011

Cover Thoughts?:Welp, there’s a door, and there’s a shadow looking in the door. Real exciting, right? It’s a bit boring, if you ask me.

”Let us labor to make the heart grow larger,
As we become older,
As Speading Oak gives us more SHELTER.”
Life just doesn’t seem to want to give Mickey Bolitar a break. His father was murdered right in front of him, His mother, raw from grief, has turned into a drug junkie and is r
Sep 11, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries, YA literature
Having heard some good things about Harlan Coben, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of his books as the "Kindle Deal of the Day" a few weeks back. I mean, for $1.99, why not read something by the acclaimed mystery author? Well, for one reason, because this is not the adult mystery series he is famous for, it is a young adult spin-off about that character's nephew. Oops. Not how I meant to start reading this author, but despite that, I really enjoyed this book.

It was one part Walter Mosley,
Fleur Bradley
Mar 20, 2012 Fleur Bradley rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book with an extra sceptical eye when I saw who the author was--I know, not fair. But often when a writer crossed from fiction for adults to fiction for kids, it doesn't produce the best books. Writing for teens is just a different beast, and it's not for every author.

But Shelter had me pleasantly surprised. Sure, it opened with a few YA cliches: the protagonist is the new kid in town, we're in the cafeteria, sizing up the cliques, etc. But the voice was spot-on: fun, snap
Mickey Bolitar's life has been turned upside down. His father has recently died in a car accident. His bereaved mother is in rehab. Mickey is living at his uncle Myron's place and going to school for the first time in his life. Prior to the accident and everything, Mickey and his family traveled the world on humanitarian missions, but his parents decided that Mickey could use a dose of "normal" teenage life. Obviously, things did not work out that way. Mickey thought things were looking up when ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Kendra rated it it was ok
This is a mystery for teens written by a well-known author of thrillers for adults. I was pretty excited to read this since I like Coben's adult books, but I really ended up thinking this was just okay. My main complaints involve weakly-created characters and terrible dialogue. I just didn't feel like many of the characters were real, or even believable, and much of the dialogue was horrible.

That being said, there is an exciting and interesting plot, so for readers who care more about plot than
Nanci Booher
So I have yet to read a Harlan Coben book, but I have to start somewhere. I had never read John Grisham until I picked up his Theodore Boone series so my fingers are crossed that I won't be disappointed!
Super happy I picked this up. When will the sequel be out??
Jan 12, 2014 Taylor rated it liked it
There's lots to like about this book. It's a good mystery with lots of intriguing characters who may or may not be clues. Mickey is a good, likable character but I especially like Ema, his unlikely sidekick.

A couple of things I didn't like: Mickey is looking for his girlfriend, Ashley, who has disappeared at the start of the book. But we never get a chance to know Ashley or Mickey's relationship with her so it's hard to care too much about her, aside from the fact that you're reading a mystery
Nov 07, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
It's been 55 years since we've read the Hardy Boys or Rick Brant or any other "young adult" book. But we're such a Harlan Coben fan, we picked up "Shelter" despite the intended audience, just for fun, and to see what kind of character Myron Bolitar's nephew Mickey might be. In general, we were rewarded with a very entertaining story, with some stereotypical but amusing support characters, and a plot that only got a little far-fetched right at the end.

Mickey has gone to live with Uncle Myron afte
Jennifer Monzon
Aug 23, 2011 Jennifer Monzon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
You guys may not believe me when I tell you but believe it or not, I read this entire 304 page book in 3 hours!!!! I couldn't focus on anything else. I wanted to get to the end to figure out all the clues and see how it all related to each other. This is the second book I read where the main character is a male, and I loved it. I will definitely be picking up more of Harlan Coben's book to read in the future. He's made my list of favorite authors that's for sure.

There's mystery and suspense fro
Famed thrill writer Harlan Coben is trying his hand at writing for young adults--but he's not pulling any punches when it comes to the thrill ride. This is the first book in a series, and it introduces us to Mickey Bolitar whose dad's death and his mom's subsequent immersion into addiction has him living, unhappily, with his uncle and trying to survive in a new high school after globe trotting with his missionary parents for his whole life. Things started out all right--he even had a girlfriend. ...more
I will start of by making a number of confessions: 1) I tossed this book on top of my library stack at the last minute (after having spent quite some time wrangling my three year old away from the puzzles and forcing my seven year old to narrow his book pile down to something he could actually carry himself) - which is to say, I didn't read the book description and so knew nothing about it but that I thought the cover interesting. 2) I have never before read anything by Harlan Coben, therefore n ...more
Ann Marie Frohoff
A page turner! If you love mystery, this is a pretty cool YA contemp. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
Jun 09, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Grade = 85% - B

A Young Adult Novel.

Background: Mickey Bolitar, presently a sophomore at a high school just outside Newark, New Jersey lives with his uncle, Myron. Mickey grew up all around the world with his "missionary" parents who just recently wrote a retirement letter to the head of their "mission" so that their son could have a normal high school life playing basketball - his one true love - on an established high school team. They move to Los Angeles, and, almost immediately Mickey's fa
Love Fool
Apr 01, 2014 Love Fool rated it it was amazing
This book made me discover the genuis of Harlan Coben. I think it's so hard to write a good mystery/thriller and Harlan does an amazing job every time. If you are sick of reading about other people finding love (hey, even this lady gets sick of reading chick-lits for a week) then I highly recommend reading any of his books (but read this one first because I feel like its an easy transition from finding love to finding the bad guy).
Oct 06, 2014 Fifi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazingly mr Harlan Coben has made the most interesting lovely book you have ever seen. I'm not a spoiler but I'll just give you one part that made made my eyes watery. If you a fast reader like I am ( I finished the book on to days especially because this book was very suspenseful and really nice and emotional) you would finish a book on one or two days. The part that made me cry is the part where Mickey is looking for Ashely and would do anything to get her back even if her past w ...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Apr 03, 2012 Sammee (I Want to Read That) rated it it was amazing
eing a big fan of Harlan Coben's adult novels I was super excited to hear he was writing a YA novel. So when I realised it was going to be set in the same world as his Myron Bolitar novels I practically keeled over in excitement. I was desperate to get my hands on a copy, so when a friend offered me the chance to read an advance copy I (obviously) accepted and ran home to read it. And I can honestly say it lived up to all my expectations and then more!

First off, you don't have to have read Harla
Nov 13, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this even more than I knew I would. I'm a huge fan of Harlan Coben, so I was really looking forward to his first YA novel. Interestingly, I don't think I've read any of Coben's Myron Bolitar novels, but Shelter is the first of a series about Myron's nephew, Micky. I got slightly distracted by the fact that Micky's father, Brad, had a brother named Myron. Really? Did the same people name these guys? But I digress. As I expected, it was a great suspense novel, something happening on most e ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
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First, let me say that I will read and enjoy any and all Shelter follow-ups by Harlan Coben. Shelter is the young adult spin-off of the popular adult Myron Bolitar series, featuring Mickey who is Myron’s nephew. Mickey was introduced in the last Myron book, Live Wire. I’ve been a Myron Bolitar fan since about 1998, and have read and re-read all of Mr. Coben’s books. He could write "Myron’s Fourth Cousin Goes Shoe Shopping" and I’d read it. I love his
Once Upon a Twilight
Sep 02, 2011 Once Upon a Twilight rated it it was amazing
You guys may not believe me when I tell you but believe it or not, I read this entire 304 page book in 3 hours!!!! I couldn't focus on anything else. I wanted to get to the end to figure out all the clues and see how it all related to each other. This is the second book I read where the main character is a male, and I loved it. I will definitely be picking up more of Harlan Coben's book to read in the future. He's made my list of favorite authors that's for sure.

There's mystery and suspense fro
Dec 17, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK! I was a little leery, this is a YA book and it has a one word title and I have learned to stay away from one word titles. This is my first Harlan Cohen book and now I am a big fan! Shelter by Harlan Coben exceeded my expectations. The ingredients of this mystery, suspense, fascinating characters, danger, action and underlying meanings are mixed well and baked into a can’t put down gripping thriller. The violence was not to the point of turning your stomach but just enough to keep the action ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wow. Seriously, wow. I picked up Shelter at just after four on a Sunday afternoon. I closed the last page just over two hours later, having DEVOURED it. This story of Mickey kept me utterly gripped throughout.

For a start, the chapters are short and snappy, with sleek prose that keeps those pages turning. You feel absolutely compelled to keep on reading - at the cost of missing meals, not taking phonecalls, not packing for an important business trip, things like that.

Shelter wouldn't work half as
Recommended by my friend Maureen with the caveat that this book breaks the "series rule" (The first book in a series must be a complete story on its own; the second book should be a happy surprise, not a given) I read this in a day. Despite my compulsitivity, this book was awful. The writing was bad (though did not approach Twilight-esqe levels) and I feel like Coben's approach to writing a "teen" book was to read about seven of them and then take every cliche possible and shove it in his book. ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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In an instant, Mickey Bolitar’s life is turned inside out. He was living the perfect life with his parents when a car accident takes his father’s life and sends Mickey spinning and grasping for control. Now that he and his mom are somewhat settled, the real chaos is about to begin with the disappearance of his sort-of girlfriend, Ashley. When he makes it his priority to discover what really happened, the race to separate the truth fro
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Young Adult Mystery


Shelter, by Harlan Coben, is the first book in the Mickey Bolitar young adult series. Mickey is a 15 year old teenager who has been forced to live with his Uncle Myron Bolitar the attorney, and sports agent. Mickey has lost his father Brad, and his mother Kitty is in rehab.

As a new student and sophomore in school for the first time in his life, Mickey finds intrigue and mystery when his girlfriend Ashley Kent disappears without a trace. Then, a wom
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