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The Vanishing Season, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

vanishingThe Vanishing Season
Jodi Lynn Anderson
2014 by HarperTeen
ISBN – 9780062003270
Genre – Mystery, Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

It is fall when Maggie moves to Door County from Chicago, and all she wants is to go back home. At least she is finally making friends. Pauline and Liam seem to be making her otherwise mundane life bearable. When girls in town start to go missing, everything changes. Pauline is sent away and Maggie is left lonely. She learns how to cope and begins to understand that nothing lasts forever.

Told by an ephemeral narrator, the story takes on an eerie tone. From the outside in, we learn about friendship, love, and betrayal. I loved how the narrator can completely change the feel and meaning of a book. What otherwise could have been a bit of a snooze, turned into quite an interesting read/listen. In other ways, this book made me super angry. It made me really dislike everything. I spent the last quarter of the book waiting for everything to be redeemed. Usually I hate books that are tied up into a neat little package, but apparently I also get frustrated when they are not. It seems like the more distance I have from this book, the more I like it. I appreciated that the end was sudden. There really wasn’t much time for a wrap up, no time to dwell. The mystery is solved(ish), and the book is over. Kudos to not lingering. The audiobook was solid, it was not too little and not too much. There was nothing special, but that allowed for the story to tell itself. Oh such mixed emotions!

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