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Shelter by Harlan Coben
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Aug 15, 11

bookshelves: youth-school-reading, work-review-related-reading, pleasure-reading
Read in August, 2011

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. But then she disappeared, and no one seems to notice or care except him. In his quest to figure out what happened, he befriends a couple of other "outsiders", and between them they find clues that lead them into some serious criminal activity, and to a mysterious link to Mickey's past. Slightly less graphic or violent than Coben's adult fiction, this book is still an edge of your seat read. I'd target it for 14 and up, with Coben fans of any age sure to be happy, happy campers in the YA section.
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