Book lover. Stephen King Fanatic. Will try anything once. General Lover of Fiction. Reviewer Everywhere. All views my own. Mostly.
Girl Last Seen is a fast read, highly engaging and a page turner, one of the better of the plethora of "girl" books there are around that follow a similar theme - in this case because it had its own peculiar rythym which may be a lot to do with the music vibe running through the narrative.
A You Tube Sensation leads to reality show "stardom" and then inevitably to two friends being ripped apart, both having differing attitudes and ambitions. That is it in a nutshell, with a mystery thrown in for good measure when one of the two girls concerned disappears.
Multiple viewpoints tell the tale - as Lauren loses her voice and possibly her singing future and discovers her partner in music Kady may not be quite the friend she has seemed over the years. Cue Kady disappearing and Lauren left under suspicion. The story twists and turns its way to an intriguing solution and overall I enjoyed this very much indeed.
There are some good characters in this - the changing dynamics in the relationships are well drawn and the mystery element is well written and not glaringly obvious which I like. Several themes are in the mix here - family pressure, peer pressure and the difficulties of being in the public eye and therefore expected of.
It leads to a quick engaging read that I would recommend to anyone who loves this type of mystery come drama. Grip Lit I think is the new term because of course we NEED a new term now, in this case YA Grip Lit and a good version at that.
Happy Reading Folks!