Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan

Title: Stranger with My Face
Author: Lois Duncan
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 90% or A-
Buy It: Amazon

Laurie Stratton finally has everything a sixteen-year-old could ever want. But just as her perfect summer comes to a close, things start to unravel when her boyfriend insists he saw her out with another guy-when Laurie was really home sick! More mysterious sightings convince Laurie someone very real is out there, watching her. . . .

The truth reveals a long-lost sister who has spent the years growing bitter and dangerous. She has learned how to haunt Laurie, but the visits soon become perilous. She wants something from Laurie-her life!

My Thoughts::
During my summer I have read Summer of Fear, Down a Dark Hall, and Stranger With My Face, and I think they just kept getting better and better. Like I've said before about these books can also be said about this one, I waited much too long to read it. Still not sure why, but I should have read them as soon as I got them. In my defense, I did want to spread them out so I wouldn't read them back to back.

I feel like this book involved so much more history and research, that I was able to get into it much easier. When you read a book like this one, one that talks about a different culture, you almost feel like you're reading two books, which is really neat, and at the end you feel as if they merged together. There aren't many books for young adults that talk about the native American culture, so I found it very interesting. The whole process of leaving your body and traveling was also very fascinating. There were so many great aspects to this book!

Since I knew the presence of the book, it was no surprise that people started accusing her of being places and doing things that she wasn't. We already knew that her long lost twin was going around looking like her. We also weren't surprised when we find out what she is trying to do. This makes the book pretty anticlimactic until we start learning the whys to everything. And of course when some unexpected, and unmentioned bad things started happening...My biggest worry when reading this novel was that everyone wouldn't believe her, and they would think she is crazy. Luckily, that only happened to a small degree, though many people didn't believe her, she didn't push it, and there were some people who did believe. Since I am really bad at reading mystery and suspense books, I'm so happy with how these begin. We know right away that they will be fine at the end, because the book is written as a flashback.

Overall I found Stranger With My Face to be exciting even though it was pretty predictable. It had great characters and a very interesting plot. I would recommend this book to lovers of mysteries.

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