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Friday, March 30, 2012

Paraglide

We all know by now that I am a big fan of YA lit, so when I was approached to review Paraglide by Peter Anthony Kelley it was a no-brainer.  Absolutely, I said to myself!

Jim and his sister Erica join their mom on a vacation to Europe with the understanding that it will get them out of their lives which have recently been in upheaval.  Their father has left them, they moved from their home in Washington, D.C. to the Midwest, and they are having a hard time dealing with the blows life has dealt.  When their mother disappears on their first day in London and the kids are given ransom information, Jim and Erica quickly learn that there is more to their situation that meets the eye.  Who is their father, really, and why did he leave the family?  Who took their mother and to what lengths are Jim and Erica willing to go to get her back?  Whom can they truly trust?

This book was such a book treat.  The narrative was clear and Kelley is clearly a strong writer and storyteller.  I found myself wanting to find out what happened next through the entire book--and I found myself thinking I knew what was going to happen, then second guessing myself, then third guessing my second guessing.  I thought this book was entertaining, intriguing, and indulgent in the best way possible.  I felt slightly guilty enjoying a book that I should be passing along to the young people in my life, except that part where I wanted to keep it for myself!

About halfway through this book I realized how unrealistic it was--and I also realized I didn't care.  I was completely engaged and realized that sometimes it's not just OK, but preferable, to have a book in your hands that is just plain fun and fantasy.  If I could go on this kind of adventure I would--except the part where my mom gets kidnapped. 

Pick this book up here for $2.99 on Amazon.  Seriously--you will have a great weekend read.

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