Grade 9 Up—Set in Little Bend, CO, and North Dover, VT, Abrahams's novel follows Cody, 16, who sustains a serious knee injury that leaves him on the bench during the most important recruiting year in his high school career. With no college scholarship in sight, he drops out of school. When his rich girlfriend, Clea, is reported missing from her Vermont boarding school, he drives East to find her and endangers himself in the process. Though not as complicated as Abrahams's adult novels, Reality Check is a solid mystery reminiscent of Carol Plum-Ucci's The Body of Christopher Creed (Harcourt, 2000) or Nancy Werlin's The Killer's Cousin (Delacorte, 1998). That Cody is a country boy and a dropout both complicate and inform his detective persona; the realization that "with the exception of football" he was wasting his time in school sends him "some message about a whole different way for him to look at things, to live." It is this "whole different way" that allows Cody—a fish out of water among wealthy Dover Academy students—to solve the mystery, though not before a red herring is revealed and a surprise villain is unmasked.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
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“A solid mystery.” (School Library Journal)
“The latest engrossing crime novel from Abrahams...an exciting, fast-paced story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The climax is unexpected….readers will be frantically turning pages.” (Kirkus Reviews)
A fine thriller that is pitched to attract everyone from reluctant readers to sports fans to romantic idealists. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
Loved the book. It was a fun book with twists, yet predictable.Published 2 months ago by Marcia E. Murdick
Disillusioned teenager living with single Dad in turmoil when his wealthy girlfriend get sent to 'Uppity" school out of town. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane1948
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A fun read. This is the story of Cody and Clea. Cody is a football quarterback. Clea is a rich beauty. The characters are well developed and likable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by a reader
It is a great book, I would recommend it to anybody. I couldn't put it down, I read it in a little less than a day.Published 13 months ago by C mAn
Love this book it drove me crazy from begging to end and I stayed up all night reading this book rocksPublished 18 months ago by Hillary Eley
The book was very good and things really clicked. BEST mystery book I've read. I had a lot of questions along the way that were all answered.Published 21 months ago by christopher pascucci
The beginning of the story consists of an average sixteen year old relationship between Cody and Clea. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kevin F.