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The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby
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Aug 10, 2008

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bookshelves: 16-18, memoir, crime
Read in August, 2008

As someone who loves true crime, this book was lots of "fun" if that's the right word for enjoying a true crime book. Told in alternating chapters between father John, who his shot at close range while working as a policeman in small town Massachusetts, to chapters told by Cylin, who lived through this when she was 9 year old. The differing perspectives work well to show how the same experience is different through different eyes.

My biggest wonder, why is this being published as YA? Is it just because Cylin has made her name as a teen writer? Since she's 9 in the book, she's young for the audience, although they could certainly relate. It seemed to be it would be fine just as an adult true crime. Are we trying to turn a new audience into the true crime genre? (fine by me)
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Kitty How can you describe this book as "lots of fun"? I thought it was horrifying what this family went through!

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