Sunday, September 11, 2011

"The deepest need for men is not food and is God"


Harlan Coben is departing from his normal adult fiction to provide an entertaining Young Adult story.

Fifteen-year-old Mickey Bolitar was sent to live with his Uncle Myron. Mickey has undergone a sad time period where his father died in a car crash and his mother isn't handling it well and is a patient in a clinic.

Mickey is one of the new kids at the high school and meets another new student, Ashley. They become friends but suddenly, she's not at the school and a teacher tells Mickey that he's received a note that she probably wouldn't be back.

With the weight of the permanent loss of his father and the current loss of his mother-at the clinic, he feels that he just can't bear the loss of one more person who was close to him, therefore, he wants to investigate why Ashley has suddenly and without word to anyone else, vanished.

In his investigation, he is aided by two outcasts from his high school who he as befriended. Spoon, the nerdy kid who is the janitor's son and the eccentric and humorous character, Ema. She's an overweight student who is a goth follower with shoe polish black hair, arm tattoos, black clothes and pale skin all bundled up with a sense of humor that makes her endearing and makes the reader curious to learn more about her.

Mickey also has dealings with a mysterious elderly neighbor known as Bat Lady who makes an announcement about Mickey's father.

With a wonderful author like Harlan Coben, the story is, as the reader would expect, well done, entertaining and an easy read.

Mickey Bolitar is a refreshing character who deserves his place as a worthwhile subject in the young adult literature of today.

Giveaway for this book begins: Sept 13th and continues through Oct 3.
Giveaway rules:
1. be a follower of this blog
2. be a friend on Shelfari if possible
3. use above link and go to Amazon review and indicate "YES" review helpful
4. Under comments list your email address for contact purposes and that you have indicated the review was helpful.
5. US and Canada only
6. This is a advanced reader's copy.


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

This is so outside what Coben ordinarily writes, I had to go back and double check that it was the same writer. I find it so amazing and wonderful that these writers I've enjoyed so much are turning their hand to YA literature. Where were they when I was a YA digging though the bookshelves looking for a great book, any book in fact to read?
I have a friend who teaches middle school and is always looking for recommendations for YA books to add to her classroom "library". And lucky me is always offering my time to read them for suitability. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.
I follow your blog & on Shelfari- Lisa Richards
Read your review of this book and promptly marked it helpful and added it to my wishlist.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

Thanks for your note, Lisa.
I think this one would be appropriate for your friend and her middle school. There isn't anything offensive here.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds really interesting. As Lisa said, quite different for Harlen Coben.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I forgot to put that I read your Amazon review and marked that it was helpful. Sorry.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

BrittanyGale said...

Please count me in! I follow your blog and found your Amazon review helpful. Thanks!


In Julie's Opinion said...

I love Harlan Coben's book and I'm really psyched to read this one, especially after reading Lisa's note! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
I follow you here and on Shelfari, and I found your Amazon review helpful!

jwitt33 at live dot com

dollycas aka Lori said...

Loved this book!!!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read this one. I love Harlen Coben.

I'm a happy follower on your blog as well as Shelfari. I marked your review helpful on amazon and left a comment there. It only shows that one person marked your review as helpful, don't know if amazon is not working correctly or if they have a short wait until it shows up.


the book ends reviews at gmail dot com.

Great review as always.



ann said...

I am a FB follower

finally a non-offensive book that YA can read to

amhengst at verizon dot net

Tracy Smith said...

I can't remember ever reading any of Coben's books so maybe I need to start. Thank you for letting me know about this giveaway. I am following you on Shelfari and here now. I read your review on amazon and marked it helpful.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Unknown said...

I thank everyone for entering this giveaway. I've been thinking and want to mention that the protagonist takes a significant stand against two high school students who are being bullied.
In this age with social media bullying and teenage suicide, it was very refreshing to read.


Hey Mike-

You've finally got one I can review on my blog! I love Harlan Coben! I have read a little about this one but not any reviews. I'd love to read and review it. We are Shelfari friends.
I did the other requirements
Twitter name Imburiedinbooks
email hrose2931(at)gmail(dot)com

I was just thinking of you today, wondering how the book process was coming along and thinking about how the storm affected you. Hope all is well up your way!


Unknown said...

Hi Heather,
Thanks for thinking about me.
With Hurricane Irene a tree fell across our driveway and knocked down all the wires. We were out of electricity, water (since we have a well), tv and cable.
It took over a week to get everything back.
On the publishing front, they told me I'd hear from them in late September and I'd get a copy of my novel. That would be my last chance to review it and see if they need to make any corrections. otherwise, I'd have my novel out there for sale in about four or five weeks.

Tore923 said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Natalie W said...

Would love to enter! I also marked yes on the Amazon review plus a little comment.
Thank you,

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!! I've been really wanting to read this release for a while!

- GFC follower - Moonlight Gleam

- Marked review as helpful on Amazon & commented

- I follow you on Shelfari (Moonlight Gleam)

From Canada!


Meredith said...

I'm a GFC follower and I checked your review as helpful on Amazon. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Best wishes and happy reading to Meredith for being picked as the winner of "Shelter."

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