The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thank you MacMillian Children's Publishing Group, Henry Holt & Co., and NetGalley. I appreciate the free Amazon Kindle e-book ARC copy you entrusted to me. The following is my honest review.
April Henry hooked me a couple of years ago. An earlier Y/A book "The Body in the Woods: Point Last Seen #1" is a good read. It went over well with young mystery lovers.
As a young adult, I loved a good mystery. Books which empower teens are attractive. Young people are brave and lacking the fear of adults, can do anything.
The Girl I Used to Be snagged me right off the bat. Olivia is an emancipated minor doing her best to build her own life from scratch. Her horrific childhood did not weaken her, but made her stronger if not cautious.
I enjoy the settings in the state of Oregon. I love that part of the country and "The Girl I Used to Be" allowed me a virtual vacation out west.
The characters are believable and well developed. There were twists and turns that kept me from guessing the ending in advance.
Once again, young people prove heroic. They see things adults prefer not to notice. They are courageous in the face of danger and the possibility of death.
This is written with Y/A in mind, language, and sex are GP-13. There is violence; this is a murder mystery.
April Henry circulates well in our Y/A section of the library, and adults like her too. I will recommend this for our public library collection.
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