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When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
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Apr 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: teen-girls-adventure-mystery, best-teen-books
Read from November 18, 2010 to April 12, 2011

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 characters with unique voices and great dialogue. Throw in Ms. Cabot’s patented humor and you’ve got a book like When Lightning Strikes - truly entertaining.

Jessica Mastriani is a pretty typical high school sophomore. Well, typical with a few issues (anger management and a schizophrenic older brother among them) but still, she’s not all that different from all of the other kids in her Indiana town. That changes rather dramatically Jessica gets struck by lightning while walking home from school. She seems fine when she goes to bed that night, but when she wakes up the morning after, Jess realizes she knows where the missing kids on her family’s milk carton are right now. A few more cartons of milk and a few more anonymous tips that leads to their recovery and Jess’s secret is out of the bag. Suddenly everyone wants a piece of ‘the Lightning Girl,’ from the national news media to the U.S. Government.

This unwanted attention isn’t the only problem Jess is dealing with. Rob Wilkins, the sexy senior from Jess’s detention (remember the anger management issues?) is looking her way and Jess thinks she might like to look back, even if Rob is from the bad part of town. Then, just when Jess is starting to feel good about her new found ability, she discovers that not everyone who’s reported missing is really lost - and some of them do not want to be found.

I loved Jess: her snarky humor, her defense of her older brother - basically everything about her. The mystery in this book is clever and the added twist of Jess’s ability is unique, but what really makes this book is Jessica. A fast read and a fun one!

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