Friday, January 29, 2010
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.
Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.
And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.
Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.
Wherever Nina Lies was a page turning thriller and a solid debut by Ms. Weingarten.
The plot was fun, fast paced, and forever kept you guessing with the turns and twists it threw at you constantly. Though, while I did have a great deal of fun watching Ellie travel across the country to find her sister, I felt that at times it was a bit unbelievable. Since, for one, how many people would actually get in a car with a stranger they've only knew for about a day? Also I was often surprised at the fact that during the week long trip Ellie's mom didn't realize she was gone. Though, Wherever Nina Lies was still a great read even with this problem.
In addition to the plot, Lynn's writing often aided it in being even better. I loved how she was constantly manipulating what you thought was going to happen with the her words. Further more, it was really interesting to see how she worked in all the clues and events to make up the story behind Nina's disappearance.
The characters were interesting also. Ellie was a girl that wouldn't put anything in front of finding her sister which I respected even with some of the silly choices she made at times. Nina was probably my favorite character even though she was the one shown the lest because I loved her recklessness and carefree attitude. Though Sean was the one surprised me the most. At the beginning, I truly thought he was a great guy who only wanted to the best for Ellie, but those thoughts were quickly diminished as more was relived about his troubling, secretive past.
In all, Wherever Nina Lies is a novel I suggest to reluctant teen readers looking for a fun novel to get lost in. I'm looking forward to reading more by Ms. Weingarten.
Wherever Nina Lies is now out not only in hardback (cover shown to left), but in paperback (the cover shown above and the one I like the most) too.