I don’t know where I have been (under a rock, maybe?), but I haven’t found a lot of good LGBT books that aren’t about love and/or tragedy based on gayness, so it’s been nice to read some of these new books that have LGBT main characters that are in different genres.
This was one that I wanted to read immediately, because I love a good mystery/thriller, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on.
Alissa Reeves came out for Hannah Desarno. Hannah is smart, beautiful, and has just gone missing. Worse, she isn’t Alissa’s first girlfriend to disappear. Eighteen months ago, Alissa was caught kissing bad girl Lana Meyers. Too scared to admit her feelings for Lana, Alissa let her friends blame Lana. Weeks later when Lana disappeared, no one in their small town thought much of it until months later when her body was found.
With Hannah gone, Alissa finds herself following clues that will help her discover what happened to both girls, and the truth will change everything.
I really liked this book. The main character is quite flawed, but being from a small town myself, I understood some of her motivations. She’s not the brightest bulb in the pack, but if she were, she would be far and above most of the main characters in similar books, so it would be more out of character than anything. And I wouldn’t say she’s likable, but she is sympathetic, and in some ways, that’s a lot better.
At first, I didn’t think I would be able to read this book. I wasn’t into the descriptions of the way everyone looked and dressed, which seemed sort of unnecessary, but I gave it a little room for being that way because it was a YA setting, and I know how teenagers can be.
I’m glad I gave it a chance, because even though the descriptions (especially about the main character’s long, flowing hair) didn’t stop altogether, the story was a really good one. I had my suspicions about who the kidnapper/murderer was, but I was still pretty blown away in the end.
I give it five of five stars for being a real page-turner that I highly recommend. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty awesome!