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Wherever Nina Lies

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,312 ratings  ·  379 reviews
Nina was beautiful, wild and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up hope that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country r ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Point
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
This is a book that can be divided into two very different parts. The first is a deeply felt, but not fraught, family mystery that includes a road trip with a cute and sweet boy. The second part... Well, I'll get to that.

Two years ago, Nina snuck out of her late at night and never came back. And her younger sister, Ellie, still misses her terribly, and can't let go of the hope that someday, she'll find her. The book is written from Ellie's perspective, so it's a good thing that I really liked he
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It’s been two long years since Ellie’s older sister Nina has disappeared. Pretty much everyone has given up any hope that Nina will return, but not Ellie. Ellie can’t bear to think Nina, her sister whom she loves and idolizes, could be dead. Ellie desperately wants to find Nina, and when she stumbles upon a portrait of her, drawn by Nina, she’s certain she’s found her clue. With the help of a hot and mysterious stranger named Sean, Ellie sets off on a seemingly wild-goose chase for the whereabou ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. A. Mess.
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But the whole thing was quite simply a mess. First off, the plot was very unrealistic. The way that the girls control their whole lives without any parents' input is just ridiculous. They run around and go to Nebraska without telling their mothers (it'd make more sense if you read the book). Second, this crazy boy, Sean, who is "in love" with Ellie just seems crazy from the start. Any real person would understand that, but the author
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Nina mysteriously left two years ago, and now her younger sister, Ellie, is searching for her lost sister. Even though Ellie's good friends, Amanda and Brad, say she should just give up, Ellie simply can't. This is her only sister. She can't go on through life without knowing what happened to Nina.

So, after Ellie sees a drawing her sister did and a phone number on a piece of old cardboard, she starts hunting for Nina.

Early on, Ellie meets the nice guy, Sea
Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about a plot twist. This book is one of the most incredibly not cliche not predictable books I have ever read. I have to admit, while reading it I noticed a lot of forshadowing about... things but I read this in two days while I was braiding my hair and let's just say that it had me gasping. I can say that it's a book for people who are looking to be able to relate to the main character (hopefully none of your siblings have been missing for two years) but at the same time not ...more
Hui Hui
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory-2010-11
Nina, who is adored by her younger sister, Ellie, has been missing for two years. Everyone has given up hopes in finding her, except Ellie. One day she found a picture drawn by Nina inside a book, the first clue that leads Ellie to a breathtaking journey. Along this journey, she meets a gorgeous, mysterious guy called Sean, who claims to understand her feelings. Is this guy trustworthy? Together, they travel to places looking for Nina.

At first, I thought I wouldn't want to read this book becaus
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
***Spoilers included***
I can’t imagine anyone is still reading this subpar book published in 2009, especially when Weingarten has turned a 180 later in her career, writing substantial, engaging YA such as Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls and Bad Girls with Perfect Faces, both of which got 4 stars from me and are worth reading, unlike this one. But since I loved both of the aforementioned recent books so much, I expected a book along the same line, yet possibly less polished. Instead, I got a d
Hannah C.
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Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been two years since Nina's older sister disappeared without a trace. When Nina finds one of her sister's drawings in a donation box at her friend's workplace, she tries to track her sister down. After meeting a handsome stranger at a party, they embark on a road trip looking for answers.

On one hand, this book was completely ridiculous. A teenage girl meets a guy and within 24 hours, they are on a road trip across the country. She doesn't know his last name and neither of their parents kno
Yin Chien 인첸
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I don't like being so critical when I'm writing a review, but this book just doesn't make any sense. Ellie's sister Nina went missing two years ago, but she never accept the fact that her sister may not be coming home anymore. One day she obtained a random drawing that was clearly Nina's, and she went looking for her. She arrived at a place called Mothership and got to know a stranger. Well, a strikingly handsome stranger, that is. Not long afterwards, she went with this stranger to look for her ...more
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there's one thing I've got to say about this book, it's that it's misleading marketed. Look at the cover. Does it scream "plot-twisty horror thriller" to you? The cut-out ransom letters do look suspicious, but the color-scheme just makes the book look like another fluffy teen YA. NOT SO. (Although I actually do really love the cover, I just find it misleading.) I'm in no way saying that John Green's Paper Towns was a gender-specific book, but this really read like a version of Paper Towns (pl ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: road-trips
Oh my Gosh! At first when I picked up this book, I thought I would be reading a very lighthearted book about a girl whose sister ran away two years prior taking a road trip with this guy she had a crush on. Then (Spoiler alert!) the story takes a MAJOR turn. Well there were minor clues along they way to help you figure it out but I honestly didn't think much of it. So, one minute you think that this guy, Sean, and this girl, Ellie, are happily in puppy love, but No! This guy is just crazy. He go ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoy a good adventure, a good road trip to uncover a secret or find something, someone.. So this was an excellent start to the story. Ellie's sister Nina went missing 2 years ago and she can't quite let go, she needs to know what happened to her. So when she finds a drawing her sister drew and deems it a clue, it starts her off on the path to Nina.
It was quite light hearted and funny to start off with, following the most obscure clues, meeting a bunch of random people and falling i
Angel Lederhause
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, default
Well that was more twisted then I thought.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought it was stupid from the moment I picked it up. But I kept reading because I was hooked! The plot's twists and turns were fun and by the end, I didn't really think it was very stupid anymore. ...more
Izabella Saucedo
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and her oldest sister Nina were very close as kids. Nina would always sneak out but come back before sunrise, one night she never came back. 2 years have past her being gone, when Ellie finds a photo her missing sister drew. This gives her the motivation to go look for her. Will she find her, if so will she be alive, you'll have to read to find out. ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ellie just can't give up. She can't give up the life she had when her sister was part of her family. She can't give up the belief that her sister is somewhere out there. She can't give up the belief that if she found her, Nina would be happy to see her.

Ellie's sister Nina has been gone for two years now and everybody seems to have given up hope that she will ever return. Everyone except Ellie. When Ellie finds a picture that she knows is Nina's the search is on. If she can just find someone who

This was a quick read with a fast paced plot although admittedly predictable. Red flags went off in my mind far earlier than they ever did for Ellie but given her situation, I didn't find it irritating or uncharacteristic at all. Her wild, artsy sister who had a habit of sneaking out left one night and never returned. Her mother more or less lives in denial, sometimes even coming off as relieved, forcing the burden of finding her to fall on Ellie- at least in Ellie's mind it does.

When she starts
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4and5stars
With three simple words, this novel can easily be described: road-trip, romance and mystery. All of which make Lynn Weingarten's debut effort sound as fun and carefree as any other book available in the teen section but what sets this one apart is the suspense that takes ahold of you at the mid-way point. I found it almost impossible to set this one down once the action and adventure had begun, I am surprised to say that the real mystery buried beneath these pages left me in awe.

Meet Ellie. She'
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, "Wherever Nina Lies" was a very good book. It is the first book that I have read of Lynn Weingarten, and I liked how she put a lot of details in the story to make us understand what was really going on. I also liked how some people or some parts of the book were related to each other, to make the suspense even bigger. As an exemple, Sean, who met Lia in a party, helped her find clues about Nina's (Lia's siter) disappearence 2 years ago. Around page 247 through the end of the book, ...more
Julianna Germono
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The novel, Wherever Nina Lies, by Lynn Weingarten, is about the efforts of sixteen year-old Ellie Wrigley to find her missing older sister, Nina. One day, while visiting her best friend, Amanda at work, Ellie finds one of her sister's drawings in a box of junk with a phone number on it. Ellie attempts calls the number, and the person on the other end denies knowing Nina. Ellie and Amanda track down the person who dropped the box off, and go to a house-wrecking party he is throwing. While there ...more
Trisha W.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010, my-books
I can not say enough good things about this book. This is Lynn Weingarten's first book, and it will not be the last I will read by her in the future.

I loved Ellie's character in this book. The book starts off with Ellie working at the coffee shop, she goes to a party with her friend only to meet a guy who shows up at the coffee shop the next day and gives Ellie a ride home. After talking for a little while he offers to drive her to find her sister. And the story really takes off. The guy who dri
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Weingarten, Lynn Wherever Nina Lies, 336 p. Point (Scholastic), February 2009. Language: R (60+ swears, 20+ "f"), Sexual Content: PG (implied).

Two years ago, Ellie's beloved older sister, Nina disappeared without a trace. Ellie is certain that Nina is alive, even though everyone around her is urging her to get on with her life. Then out of the blue, Ellie receives what she thinks is a clue, which leads her to a hot guy who is more than willing to aid her on her cross country quest.

If it weren'
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
another junky little YA novel i felt obligated to read in order to fill my 'junky little YA thriller' quota. the story was unimpressive, the characters slightly relatable and a particular overuse of the f-word was perhaps enlisted in order to give the book an 'edge?' ...more
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have ever read!!!! It is sooooo good I want to read it over and over and over again!!!!
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
very obvious and boring with way to many f-words.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
IT WAS GOOD BUT HAS WAYYYYY TOO MANY CUSS WORDS!!! :( had to stop reading it :(
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay I have read Lynn Weingarten's other two books "bad girls with perfect faces" copyright 2017
and I read "suicide notes from beautiful girls" copyright 2015 I believe and I enjoyed both of those.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book but not at first. The first half was difficult to get through
because she's laying out the background and or leading up to the plot.
Ellie has lost her Sister Nina she just up and disappeared one day and now 2 years later
Ellie believes her Sister is still out there and wan
Josephine Troia
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen girls
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Eszter Pálmai
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
The end felt very rushed, and was a huge letdown compared to how delicately the story was building up before the main twist.

The action scenes were disappointingly unrealistic, and the characters turned from just-enough mysterious, yet relatable and realistic teens into these personality-less shells after the plot twist. Sean seemed to have lost literally every personality trait posessed before...

But overall I give 4 stars because the young adult romance / mystery part is really, really good and
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Lynn Weingarten is a New York Times bestselling author living in Brooklyn. Her fifth young adult novel, BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES, was released in the US on Halloween 2017. It will be out in the UK on January 11th, 2018.

Her previous books include SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (a NY Times bestseller, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten book for 2016, one of Vanity Fair’s list of Best Books for July, an

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