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Six Months Later Paperback – October 1, 2013

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RICHARDS, Natalie D. Six Months Later. 336p. Sourcebooks/Fire. Oct. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-8551-6.~Gr 9 Up-Chloe leads a mediocre life as a high school junior in a small Ohio town-until the day she falls asleep in study hall and wakes up to find it's six months later. She now has exceptional SAT scores, the perfect boyfriend whom she's been crushing on for years, and a buzzing social life. However, Chloe can't remember anything about her previous life. Nor can she remember why her best friend, Maggie, isn't speaking to her, or why her heart races whenever she sees bad-boy Adam, with whom she seems to be all too familiar. She knows that she should be happy about her new life, but everything feels wrong. As she tries to figure out what happened to her, she uncovers a chilling conspiracy surrounding her memory loss, and the only person she can trust is the one who won't take her calls. The story is well paced and beautifully written, with fully developed characters teens can easily relate to. This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. Recommend it to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (Dutton, 2009) and Lissa Price's Starters (Delacorte, 2012).-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Chloe, an average student with a bit of a rebellious streak, wakes up in study hall one day not remembering the past six months. But suddenly she’s popular, dating her longtime crush, being recruited by Ivy League colleges because of top SAT scores, and her best friend is no longer speaking to her. As Chloe tries to unravel her memories, she begins to uncover secrets more dangerous than she ever thought possible. The pressure and angst of precollege life, perfect grades, and test scores take center stage in this debut thriller. Readers are thrown right into the mystery alongside Chloe, and as the plot is slowly uncovered, the suspense rises to a shocking crescendo of events. Chloe is an intriguing character with plenty of gumption, and she makes for a splendid amateur detective. There is some romance sprinkled throughout with a supposed bad boy, and even this character has more depth than the average hunky lead. With several twists and surprises, this is a well-plotted mystery, sure to keep readers guessing. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Bean Thompson

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402285515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402285516
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.

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Chloe has a huge problem-she can't remember the past six months of her life and she doesn't know why. I can't imagine what I would do in her situation. She looks for clues and tries to discover past memories from her supposed "new" friends and boyfriend. She can feel instinctively that something is off and has suddenly received amazing grades and a terrific SAT score (personally, I don't know if I'd *want* to know why I had such a surprising turn-around if that was me). Chloe is horrified to learn that her best friend, Maggie, won't have anything to do with her. She cajoles and apologizes until Maggie begins to slowly break down, but will she want to hear what Maggie has to say?

The whole plot of this novel is awesome. I know it's probably been done before (not exactly the same, but similar), but I really enjoyed the suspense and mystery that shrouded the plot. I didn't really guess the whole ending correctly; I loved how I was surprised-that doesn't happen often. I had a really hard time putting this book down. I finished the entire novel in two sittings. This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Review copy provided for review, this in no way affects my review*
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Before you decide to read Six Months Later, you should ask yourself this question: Are you OK reading a mystery that is not mysterious whatsoever? I’m not particularly adept at guessing endings, but in this case, I figured out the big secret very early on. As I continued reading , it became increasingly evident that I was correct. I was still prepared to enjoy myself, but everything here fell apart as the ending neared, and the story grew increasingly sillier.

What makes this so disappointing is that Six Months Later started off very strongly. Chloe falls asleep at her desk one summer day, and when she wakes up, she’s still at her desk, but there is snow on the ground. No one else is in the room. Strangest of all, her fingernails are dirty, and her clothes are different. What happened??? Sounds like a great start, right?

But after the opening, everything starts to go off the rails. Chloe soon realizes that six months of her life disappeared, and she’s understandably terrified. But for reasons I still don’t understand, she keeps her memory loss a secret for a long time. She plays dumb to her parents and those around her, even as she realizes her life completely changed during that period. She somehow became a genius, she’s dating Blake, the hottest guy in school who barely knew she existed before, and she’s suddenly popular.

Her confusion leads her to overlook what is blindingly obvious to us: There’s something VERY off about Blake. He sends her strange, menacing texts. He follows her around and pops up in odd places. And he seems to have some ulterior motives for dating Chloe.

This story wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle, so let’s throw in another hot guy, Adam, who’s clearly into Chloe, unlike Blake, the supposed boyfriend.
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Six Months Later is a total nail-biter from start to finish!

Chloe falls asleep in Study Hall. Fast forward six months and she wakes up, only to discover that her life has been flipped inside out. She has dirt under her fingernails and no clue what happened to her. Her best friend doesn't speak to her anymore. The hot guy she's been crushing on for ages is now her boyfriend. But, oddly enough, it is the creepy guy with a criminal record and crooked (*coughs* sexy *coughs*) smile that is making her heart beat faster. She's also one of the top students in her class now! How weird is that?! Amnesia caused by SAT-related stress? Is she going crazy or has something terrible happened to her?

There are no paranormal elements at play in this book, though half of the time (OK - 99% of the time!) you feel like there is something sinister and evil going on. And of course, you're right about that! The story is dripping with tension, mystery and intrigue. It's so intense, I had to make a conscious effort not to bite my nails. And Richards' excellent writing style only enhances the experience. The narration flows effortlessly, and the plot line is so unbelievably gripping, it practically swallows you whole. I honestly did not expect to be so completely immersed in this book. I have been hearing amazing things about Six Months Later even before I picked it up, but even all the rave reviews, all the oohs and aaahs, did not prepare me for the crazy rollercoaster ride it turned out to be. This book is a masterpiece!

Chloe is an unreliable narrator; she has no idea what is going on and has to work hard to discover the truth behind her missing memories. Her story is a puzzle, and as you read further into it, you begin to put the pieces together.
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Picture this: You wake up from a nap, and suddenly you can't remember the last 6 months of your life. You're bleeding, have a bump on your head, and suddenly the most popular boy in school that you have been crushing on for years, is running up,to console you and and out of a sudden kisses you and calls himself your boyfriend. But for some reason you do not get those butterfly-feeling you expected to have. Instead you find yourself yearning for the touch of another boy, someone who you would never find yourself pinning over six month before. Your love life is not the only thing to have changed. Magically you are now the top of your class and have received a ridiculously high score on the SATs. You are popular and have a wide new group of friends.

But things are not all bright and toasty, there are some things that are not so super great. Your best friend since when you were in diapers is not longer speaking to you. And even though you have everything you have ever wanted, this new bf, new friends and new academic achievements screams some major falsehood. And well not remembering the last six months of your life and how all these changes seemed to come about doesn't really help either. What would you do?

These are the challenges that Chloe faces. As must as she has always dreamed up being with Blake, she lizes that he is not everything that she expected him to be, and that he may even be dangerous. Chloe finds herself longing for Adam, even though he has a criminal record and everyone is warning her away from him. But there is something about Adam that she can't stay away form, especially since his touch is the only thing that allows her to have glimpses of what has happened to her in the last six months.
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