Gr. 7-10. Freaky Green Eyes is the name 15-year-old Franky gives to her stronger self, the part that has to deal with the enigma that is her parents' relationship. With a nod to the O. J. Simpson case, Oates pulls readers into a fast-paced, first-person thriller that begins when Franky's mother, an artist, begins spending alone time at her cabin. It's immediately clear that her situation isn't idyllic; Franky's father, former football hero and popular sportscaster Reid Pierson, is calling the shots as to when his wife can come and go. There's no nuance to Reid's character. He's a charming, controlling bully who rules his family; should his will be thwarted, he gets physical. When Mrs. Pierson and a male friend disappear, there's also no mystery about who's behind the abduction; the clues, if that's what they are meant to be, are awkwardly dropped. Yet what could have been a predictable plot in the hands of a less-experienced writer becomes an absorbing page-turner as Franky slowly lets herself accept the violence that has always been in her family and finds the courage to stand up to her father. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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“Oates builds the mounting tension masterfully, crafting a fast-paced narrative that will haunt readers long after the final page.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Moves along at the breathless pace” (BookPage)
“A suspenseful story…grippingly realistic” (KLIATT)
“A fast-paced, first-person thriller” (ALA Booklist)
“Among this year’s most compelling fiction” (Boston Herald)
“Observant family history and a developing mystery.” (Chicago Tribune)