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Shelter by Harlan Coben
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Oct 03, 11

Read in September, 2011

Bestselling author Harlan Coben has released his first young adult novel, SHELTER, featuring Myron's nephew Mickey. It features the great, twisty plot Coben is known for, and ends with a bang that promises more is in store for this series.

Mickey Bolitar is a fifteen year old sophomore. His father died in a car wreck and his mom's in rehab, so Mickey is living with Myron and going to school for the first time ever in the US after living with his globetrotting humanitarian parents his whole life. Mickey is into a few weeks of school when things start to go wrong. His girlfriend, Ashley, is missing, and one day while walking home, a crazy old woman that lives on the corner tells him "Your father is alive."

Mickey makes two friends at school, Ema, a 14-year old goth girl, and Spoon, a nerdy computer whiz. These friends help Mickey investigate why all of Ashley's belongings were stolen out of her locker and a thug beat up her parents. Also, what is that mysterious symbol on a picture in the bag lady's living room, and why is it also on his father's tomb stone?

Fans of Coben will love the Coben plot. This is a young adult novel, so there is almost know bad language and certainly no sex. However, there is a lot of violence an a visit to a strip club. Uncle Myron is in the novel occasionally, but never really gets involved in Mickey's affairs. I like the character of Mickey, even though Coben's writing does little to distinguish him from Myron.

Coben will probably pick up a lot of new readers with this series, but I imagine it will be propelled to the top of the best seller list because his regular fans will devour this novel just like his others.
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