Monday, November 9, 2015

No Such Person by Caroline Cooney –NOT RECOMMENDED

Cooney, Caroline No Such Person 246 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG

Lander and her little sister Miranda spend every summer at the lake with their family and they have a lovely lakeside cabin. A strange string of events start when the family witnesses with a suspicious boating accident. To their surprise, the taciturn Lander falls head over heels in love with a strange young man involved in the incident. Then their world is rocked when Lander is arrested for murder. Miranda is lost in confusion and grief, but manages to get involved with solving the crime, and aims to prove her sister innocent. But the killer is still out there, and Miranda is very much alone.

This was a very odd book, with an overall stilted cadence and cold feeling, making it very difficult for me to relate to or bond with the characters, resulting in my lack of caring for the outcome. Unless Lander was ‘on something’ her actions after her arrest are bizarre and I think most teens would find that hard to relate to. The other main character, Miranda is quite an odd duck as well, for example, her outlook on boys, is very much not like a typical teen. I wouldn’t have finished this book if I wasn’t reviewing it, always a bad sign for my rating.

HS –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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