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Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
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Mar 11, 10

bookshelves: fiction, general-fiction, young-adult, read-in-2010
Read in March, 2010

When a 13-year-old disappears from Sam's small town the entire community is plunged into the mystery of what happened. Sam is the pastor's kid and that's always made her feel apart from the other kids, even at the church. Jodie's disappearance, Sam's mom disappearing in Rehab after a DUI and Sam's growing anxiety over having to switch schools in the fall all combine to create a perfect storm where Sam struggles with her faith in God and other people.

Once again, I really ought to leave the general teen lit alone. Not my cup of tea. Sam's actions feel random and distant. Her character is murky for me and wrapped in cotton wool. She freaks out and acts erratically. She angsts with the best of them. The ending is fitting for the book and the characters are interesting if a bit flat and the plot moves along even if it's occasionally slow. The writing isn't bad, the story is overall just not my thing.
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