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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen-drama overload in social media-driven romance/mystery.

Book Sarah Ockler Romance 2014
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The latest from Sarah Ockler has a lot less to offer than her previous novel, The Book of Broken Hearts. There's a lot of appeal here for kids who are big fans and users of social media and will provide them with a lot of important food for thought. Stretching the last month of senior year out over 400 pages makes for a lot of minutia, though, limiting the appeal to highly social teens.

Lucy's voice is believable, and she's easy to root for, but the drama overload and slow unfolding of the mystery ultimately get in the way of making Lucy a truly compelling character. Frequently peppering the story with pop-culture and consumer-product references firmly root it in the here and now, making it a much less universal story than Broken Hearts and assuring an appeal that should last about as long as Fruit Ninja tops the best-selling apps list.

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