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*No Such Person* by Caroline B. Cooney- young adult book review
 
Also by Caroline B. Cooney:

The Lost Songs

They Never Came Back

If the Witness Lied

Hit the Road
No Such Person
by Caroline B. Cooney
Ages 14+ 256 pages Ember July 2016 Paperback    

The beginning of summer, a cozy cottage on the edge of the river, and water-skiing adventures by some of the summer visitors. Suddenly all of that turns ugly, and Mirandaís sister is suspected of murder.

Miranda and her sister, Lander, are typical siblings. Lander has always had the best of everything, from clothes to boyfriends to college. She is on her way to medical school in the fall and has chosen to spend this last free summer with her family on the lake. The young man driving the ski boat is Jason Firenza. The friend skiing behind the boat, looking quite the amateur, is Jasonís friend, Derry Romaine. When the barge starts down the river, it signals the skiers to get out of the way. Jason seems to misunderstand and steers the boat directly into the path of the barge. By some miracle, Derry survives. From an offer of sympathy, Jason becomes Landerís new perfect boyfriend.

How does it happen that Jason disappears after spending a week convincing Lander she is the one for him? How does it happen that Derry is missing from the hospital and then discovered murdered by gunshot out in the woods? And how does it happen that when the gun is found, Landerís fingerprints are on the weapon and no one elseís?

This is a riveting story about sibling relationships, family tragedies, and small towns. It is a mystery with so many possibilities that it is hard to know who the guilty is until the very last pages of the book. Miranda must step up to save her sister because her parents are incapable of functioning through this, and Lander expects everything to be brighter in the morning. It will take Mirandaís wisdom and ability to identify true friendship that will keep her family safe.

This is an excellent young adult novel. We expect nothing less from author Cooney.
 
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