I was looking forward to reading this book since I thought it was going to be a cool, spooky, gothic, cerebral sort of a mystery novel. I was wrong. It was actually a rather lukewarm, tame and predictable book. Worse, it actually read like a Harlequin romance novel for junior teens, with that flowery, meandering, jargony style of writing that romance novels are so well known for. To help illustrate what I mean, I'll quote you a few lines from the book: 'He felt as if the two of them were linked now more deeply than the mere touching of hands' and 'I want to hold her hand, touch her hair, take her in my arms'. Personally, I found this a little out of place in a book written from the perspective of a 13 year old boy. Sure, 13 year old boys are usually interested in girls, but not in such an overtly romantic way. This author seemed to have no idea how teenage boys think or see the world. The WORST example of this was when the book says 'Nathan looked at Charlie's lean, narrow face, untidy grey curls, generous mouth, smiling deep blue eyes.' To put this in context, Charlie is a MIDDLE AGED MAN. What 13 year old boy would ever look at a middle aged man and think about his 'generous mouth' or 'smiling deep blue eyes'? That was just WRONG, and led me to the conclusion that this book's author, Valerie Mendes, should perhaps be writing romance novels for older women rather than junior fiction.
There were also some big logic gaps in this book, but if I had to list them all, this review would run forever. You have to suspend disbelief reasonably often. People in this book don't necessarily react or behave as ordinary people like you or I might, given the situations they're in. There's a lot of melodrama, too, but rest assured, it's all easily solved by the conclusion of the book for the predictable happy ending.
Teenage boys will NOT like this book...it's just too schmaltzy and girly. Teen girls might like it, if they're very romantically inclined. Personally I didn't like it much...I've read better. But then again, I've read worse. It's very middle-of-the road. However, it might appeal to kids whose parents are getting divorced, or who are facing the prospect of having to move house and leave their friends behind.