Thursday, March 1, 2012

Speed Date with Ethan: DEAD TO YOU by Lisa McMann

This is a new meme. If you're interested in participating, leave your link below and we can do a full-on speed dating thing. All we need after that is some drinks and awkward conversation! Hehe.

YA Contemporary Mystery
243 pages
Available now (Feb. 2012)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Review copy provided by publisher

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...

While I really enjoyed this story, it was a difficult story to read. Ethan comes back to his family but his family has changed and so has Ethan. No longer is he the sweetly stupid seven-year-old boy who got into a car with strangers. He's a troubled sixteen-year-old who doesn't know if he belongs because he doesn't remember anything and isn't sure he should stay. 

His brother hates him and is trying to prove that Ethan isn't Ethan. His little sister's warming up to him, though she wasn't even alive when he was abducted. And the girl next door is making him want to stay and make a life with his family.

But the ending? Wow. Really? That ending...

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  1. I'm pretty excited to read this book but I'm having to wait for it to come in at my library. Lisa's books can always be a little...strange at the ends. Like in Cryer's Cross.

  2. Oooo speed dating, I love it! And now you have me wondering what could possibly happen at the end! Damn you Mary! I need to go buy a copy and flip to the back like the cheater I am:)

  3. Ah, I love Lisa McMann! She's such a great writer. I'm definitely looking forward to checking this out. It sounds like an interesting read!

  4. Oh wow! That does sound like a fantastic story! I love this idea for a meme :)

  5. Now I'm very intrigued about this book.
    why do you keep making my shopping list grow? why?
    *goes to put book in shopping list*
    Oh, and the meme is nice! I likes it

  6. Ooo, fun feature, Mary. Now I'm curious to find out what really happened to Ethan.

  7. I'm so intrigued right now! I really want to see what happens at the end right now! Now I really need to get this book. I just bought some books--why didn't I read this review before?? :( Great review, Mary! I'm going to have to remember to participate next week!

  8. I decided after reading quite a few reviews that I wasn't going to read this one so I made my friend Lori tell me the end cause I just wanted to know SO BAD!

  9. THAT ENDING. The impact of the book depended on that, I think. Without the killer ending it wouldn't have been as memorable! Awesome mini review, Mary, I like the idea of this meme :D

  10. I keep hearing about this ending and I WANT TO KNOW!!! haha. I have to read this soon.

  11. I wanna know about the ending too :)
    Speed date review--nice idea
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  12. Hmm, I've got to agree with the other comments, I so want to know about this ending!!

  13. How does this speed-dating thing work? Is it like a quick review? Because I'd be into that!