Monday, October 22, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt

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Title: Missing at 17
Author: Christine Conradt
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Pub Date: May 01, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: publisher via edelweiss
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: For most of Candace’s life she never felt like she completely belonged. But nothing could prepare her for the shocking discovery that her parents have been concealing the truth about who she is and where she came from her entire life.

Feeling like her world has been turned upside down, and unable to trust the people she’s closest to, Candace runs away...right into the arms of an alluring stranger.

But while Candace and Toby have an undeniable connection, it's less certain what the future holds for them as Candace’s family and Toby’s less-than-legal lifestyle threaten to rip them apart.

As things start to spiral out of control, Candace must fight to understand her own identity...and who she can truly rely on.
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*** POSSIBLE SPOILERS ***

Missing at 17 is quite a misleading title when it comes to the actual story within.

Candace, our MC, does not actually go “missing”, as such—she runs away from home and her parents report her missing. She is found after two to three days. It isn't all that dramatic, lol.

So, this story is about Candace, as stated. She finds out some upsetting news—something her parents have been hiding from her her whole life—and runs away in the heat of her anger and confusion. She meets a boy, of course, because we really need some male to save the day; to make this good book. *eyeroll* .. The guy in question is Toby, who is 22 years old. Keep in mind, Candace is only 17. Not a huge age gap in my personal opinion, but statutory rape is a thing. Just saying. Not to mention, Candace is vulnerable upon meeting this guy and it just seems as if he takes advantage.

This book is pitched as a thriller. It wasn't very thrilling to me. There was a little bit of thrill or suspense nearing the end of the book, but it was very short-lived and felt very rushed. It was almost as if it was an afterthought and just had the purpose of tricking you into thinking the book had a great ending, when it really doesn't. If anything, the little scene where a drug dealer goes wild with a gun just serves to make this book a little silly; because the scene doesn't really match up with the rest of the story. It was a clear case of trying too hard.

Was there anything good about it? Sure! I did enjoy the family aspect of the story. Candace is, understandably, upset when she discovers her parents' secret. She is also bitter due to their divorce and blames her mother for it. Over the course of the story Candace learns to better understand her parents and eventually forgives them. She even finds new people to enrich her life. It was a sweet story if you were to leave out the parts with Toby. He sort of ruined it for me. It was a weird instalove thing and it wasn't done well.

Overall, this book was just alright. It was entertaining enough, even if some of that entertainment came from laughing at the ridiculous romance and drug-dealer story line. It was a book I read at night while trying to settle in to bed (I have trouble sleeping) and it did keep me hooked, corny as it was. It's a fast read and I'd say it'd be worth a shot for the HEA and family drama.
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