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Publishers Weekly Review
Miller (Rock God) constructs an intricate and somewhat convoluted mystery in which high school senior Theo Lane delves deep into her past and the tragic event that has at once created her present and destroyed it. Theo walks New York City with a button-cam attached to her shirt, filming the unsuspecting and fixating on a boy in a coffee shop named Andy. After they strike up a conversation, Theo determines to help Andy find Sarah, the girl he thinks he loves, but knows next to nothing about. Miller gives Theo, a supremely unreliable narrator, a voice as off-kilter as she feels, as she tries to unravel the mystery that is Sarah, as well as a day she can't remember, after which she awoke "feeling bruised and battered" with a scar running down her face. That scar ends up being one of the least of the ones borne by Miller's characters, as his story zigzags into increasingly grim psychological territory in ways that few readers will be able to predict. Ages 14-up. Agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Intrigued by a boy (Andy) who visits her favorite café every day, 17-year-old Theo Lane secretly starts filming him for her next documentary. Theo learns that Andy has been waiting four days for Sarah, the love of his life, to meet him at the café like she promised. Touched by his story, she offers to help him find Sarah. In doing so, Theo begins piecing together her own personal puzzle. What exactly happened on the The Night in Question, the evening that's been erased from her memory but has left her with a hideous facial scar? Through Theo, listeners experience firsthand the confusion and fear that can occur when repressed memories begin to emerge. As Theo uncovers the truth of her past, many disjointed elements in the narrative start to make sense. Ali Ahn gives voice to Theo's inner turmoil and provides distinctive voices for all the characters. VERDICT Recommended for teen listeners who enjoy psychological thrillers with a twist. ["A riveting thriller for fans of unreliable narrators": SLJ 10/15 review of the Soho Teen book.]-Amanda Spino, Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
On a night she doesn't remember, 17-year-old Theo Lane sustained a jagged scar on her left cheek. Two months later, she starts her senior year with BFFs Max and Louise, but things are not the same, and Theo takes refuge behind the camera, in pursuit of the perfect documentary. When a lonely boy named Andy catches her eye in a café, Theo quickly gets pulled into his search for the mysterious Sarah. But Andy is confused about places, about events, even about Sarah's appearance and Theo is ill-equipped to help him, dependent as she is on her shrink and her Lexapro. This psychological thriller is harrowing, unnerving, and tricky for readers, since Theo is such an unreliable narrator. Can she be trusted? What does she really know about what has happened to Sarah? The plotting is superbly paced, and twists that even the most attentive reader cannot anticipate make this novel a mind-bending experience and a sure-fire winner for book discussion groups with teens and adults alike.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2015 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Unable to recall what scarred her face a few months ago, a teen tries using documentary filmmaking to make sense of her lifeand uncovers layers of horror. Theo combs her hair in front of the scar left by a 4-inch gash on her jaw. Is it from an accident? An assault? She has no idea. Avoiding her friends, she sits in a cafe clandestinely filming a strange boy using a button cam and an iPhone. Theo and Andythe unknowing documentary subjectmeet and travel all around New York City, ostensibly trying to track down a girl he's in love with yet somehow barely knows. In reality, they're peeling off layer after layer of Theo's own past. Theo and Andy both seem to be in trauma-induced fugue states, an unlikely coincidence; Theo's confusion and desperation could also be coming from popping Lexapro at several times her prescribed dosage and barely sleeping. Her thoughts "riddle [her] head like machine-gun fire and zoom off in a trail of smoke before [she] can make sense of them"; her "shaky, electric, fuck-you energy" quivers with naivet, her first-person narration as unreliable to herself as to readers. The horrific truth gets worse until the very end, when the puzzle pieces slam into place. A page-turning mystery with a bit of hipsterism and an onion's worth of layers. (Mystery. 14-17) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.