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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416917322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416917328
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An author whose profile is sky-high,' Sophie is the author of the award-winning Girl, Missing, as well as Blood Ties, Six Steps to a Girl and Three's a Crowd. Sophie lives in London with her twelve-year-old son and goes boxing training in her spare time.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was completely absorbed in this book from the first chapter. Sophie McKenzie hits you right in the face with every chapter ending, leaving you quickly scrabbling through the pages to find out what would happen next. Each chapter is quite short and sharp and you find yourself holding your breath in between turning to the next one.

Lauren is a very strong character. As soon as she discovers that her adoption may have been a illegal, she becomes determined to find out the truth. Most people would probably have collapsed with shock, but Lauren isn't a character to mess with and she takes in on the chin and devises a plan. She is fully aware that she is probably heading straight into a dangerous situation but she carries on regardless, like bungee jumping without a safety net!

During the search for her real parents, Lauren exists within her imaginary world. She has an idealistic view of how events will turn out when she finally discovers her real parents and role plays the situation continuously in her head. However, life never really turns out the way we imagine and she finds herself living in a rather tense situation. It is interesting to read how Lauren suddenly realises that she has completely changed her own destiny by pursuing her real parents and she sets off a chain reaction that can never be reversed.

Here is one of my favourite parts of the book, where Lauren realises that life will not be as imagined it would be.

'I sank down on the bed. Shelby was right. Annie didn't want me. She wanted the daughter she'd lost. She wanted eleven years of meals and cuddles and plasters on knees.
But she didn't want me.Here, Now. As I was.
And I didn't want her - I wanted the mother I had remembered. The woman I had dreamed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book about Lauren searching for her birth parents. Lauren is a brave and interesting character - I thoroughly enjoyed discovering her story. It was exciting, and occasionally sad, but definitely worth reading. I could not wait to turn the page and find out what happened next. I was sorry to finish it, and will be finding more books to read by the same author. It is the best book that I have ever read and I would highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sammee, I Want To Read That VINE VOICE on 2 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this. I find Sophie McKenzie has the habit of making me completely addicted to whatever she writes.

The story follows Lauren who has always known she was adopted. But when she discovers that she might actually be the missing child of an American family it makes her determined to her biological parents. Unfortunately, it might not be that easy...

I really liked Lauren. I found her very single minded in her quest to find out about her biological parents and what really happened to her - which at time made her come across as selfish but I could also completely understand her motivation. She didn't just want to know she needed to know. I also thought that her determination to find answers didn't really give her the opportunity to stop and think about the consequences of what she was doing. Both in terms of the danger she was putting herself in and what the answers would mean in the long term.

I absolutely loved her friend Jam! I loved all of his scenes and really enjoyed his relationship with Lauren - he came across as a great friend and just great fun to be around.

The story moves along quickly and I found myself reading this in one go. I think my favourite part was the end - really exciting and I loved Lauren's decision! I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything - it's one of those books it's best to read and discover for yourself.

I can't wait for the sequel Sister Missing when it's published this year - I'm really looking forward to revisiting these characters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on 26 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
My daughter - someone who has never at aged 12 willingly sat down to read a book - absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. She also insisted on reading me large chunks of it aloud. So, from my point of view - a book addict who was desperate to get my daughter to read - a total triumph.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacie @ Beautiful Bookish Butterflies on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
So I've wanted to read this book for a long time now and when I saw it on Scribd I knew I had to add it to my library. Then last week when I was bored, I thought I would give it a go, and I'm really upset to say it just wasn't what I thought it would be. I know so many people love Sophie McKenzie and I'm sure her other books are good, but this wasn't the best one for me to start of with and I wish I'd picked something different because now I'll be cautious of reading anything by her from now on.

My main problem with this book would have to be that I just did not once believe the story. In the first few chapters Lauren finds out that she might have been snatched from her biological parents instead of properly adopted like she was led to believe. All this because she stumbled upon a website for missing children and when entering her birthday, became obsessed with the though of the kid on the screen being her, to the point where she convinces her mum to take one last family holiday to America so she can visit the adoption agency her parents got her from and see if she's right or not. Come on, does that really sound like it would bloody happen? I mean for starters it should have taken months to convince her mum but it didn't, she flew out within the month (or so) and everything she planned just seemed to fall in to place.

Now it wasn't just the lack of believable storyline that got to me, the characters did to. Not only was Lauren a unrelatable character, but she was selfish, very self centred and at times disrespectful to the people who had brought her up. All she cared about was finding her 'real parents' and yeah, her and her mum and dad my not have got a long over the past few years but that's called a family.
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