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Dead to You Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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"The bitter cold of a Minnesota winter serves as both metaphor and backdrop for a riveting read that is like the dark side of Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton. A realistic but shocking ending makes this an excellent choice for book discussion, and the simple sentence structure and complex content will appeal to reluctant readers." --Booklist
"McMann's gripping new novel...will leave readers burning for closure long after its chilling ending.... [Her] succinct first-person narrative skillfully carries the authenticity of a teenage boy, his fractured memory and reintegration into a family who expects much from him, despite his scarring childhood. Her exploration of an abductee psyche is both illuminating and unsettling and is realistically portrayed... With a disturbing and raw ending, Dead to You is unforgettable." --Adam Silvera, Books of Wonder
"The dynamics are credible and compelling, and Ethan’s challenge in negotiating the complicated territory will ring true..." --BCCB
"Ethan’s first-person story...successfully explores the emotional devastation on those closest to an abducted child and a child’s ability to cope with trauma. The long-awaited but abrupt conclusion to the story’s central mystery is dramatic, packing an emotional punch." --School Library Journal
"Author Lisa McMann has written strong suspense fiction for teens with powerful, likable characters, and DEAD TO YOU is no exception. She includes many surprise twists in this engrossing page turner while creating a layered situation where it’s possible to sympathize with many points of view." --teenreads.com
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The story is about Ethan, a boy who was abducted when he was seven from the front of his house and who has returned home at the age of sixteen. In the beginning of the book I felt so bad for him. He was trying so hard to fit in and forget his old life with his abductor Ellen. It felt so real. Then towards the middle the story took a weird turn and Ethan started becoming involved with the neighbor girl who was his best friend when he was seven. The romance just felt outta place with all that was going on with him returning home. Then a bombshell gets dropped and we the reader are seriously left hanging! I don't even know what to do with those last three pages! It feels like there should be a sequel coming and I don't think there is one.
The characters all seemed okay. I really liked Ethan and how he interacted with Gracie his six year old sister. They were so sweet together. Even his scenes with Cami, his love interest, were fun to read. They were just out of place in my opinion. The other characters like I said were okay and they all brought something different to the story so as far as character development I was actually connected to all of them. My problem just lies within the story itself and the strange turn it took.
I really hope that there is a sequel. I think I have said that about every Lisa McMann book because they all feel so unfinished.
When we start with the first chapter, we are reading about Ethan being reunited with his family after being abducted nine years ago. To say that it is an emotional reunion is an understatement. You can feel the pain that the parents have gone through and have dealt with over the years. They are so excited to have him home that they even accept him on looks alone without agreeing to do the DNA test that the social worker offers to them. When you are reading the book, we are reading from Ethan's point of view and the emotions that he is struggling with. He doesn't remember anything from his time before the abduction and he is desperate to remember anything. He studies the family photos and tries to make something click in his brain so he has something real to remember instead of shared memories from family and friends.
When his younger brother Blake starts studying genetic traits in his science class at school, he starts to piece together some disturbing facts about Ethan. Blake never truly believed that Ethan is the real Ethan. Reading the story, you don't really know what to think about this. At some points you are like Blake and questioning Ethan's true identity, but other times you are believing that it truly is Ethan. When it is revealed at the end of the book, you are shocked and frustrated with the close of the story.Read more ›
Lisa McMann's latest book may not have the supernatural elements that fans have come to expect in her work, but it has all of the trademark suspense, mystery, and sharp, direct narrative that make her novels so readable. She hooks you in right away with this intriguing premise, and Ethan's voice. Ethan is a bit damaged--he's been through a lot, and not being able to remember his family is tough. What's even harder are his good memories of Ellen, the woman who took care of him for so many years, when everyone wants to make her out to be a hardened criminal. He desperately wants to fit into his new family life, but his temper and conflicting emotions make the adjustment hard. All the while there remains the mystery of what has really happened to Ethan throughout the last nine years beyond the basic story he tells everyone, and why he willingly went with his kidnapper that fateful day long ago. As you delve deeper into the story, you'll begin to slowly doubt Ethan and race to the end to find out the truth about what happened--with some shocking answers. McMann's abrupt ending adds to the surprise of the final revelation, and definitely makes it memorable--so much so that readers will forgive her for not revealing more details.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I work in a high school library and we have this book. It caught my eye so I read it today. I loved the emotion and I loved meeting Ethan as he is reunited with his family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Gill
Maybe a tiny spoiler: I enjoyed the writing in this book & the relationship between Ethan & his mom & Ethan & Gracie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by loves2read2011
Actual rating 4.5 stars.
This is now officially my favourite Lisa McMann title to date. ‘Dead to You’ had a more mature voice and such a simple yet strong vibe... Read more
Good book! I would recommend it, but the ending lacked something for some reason. (personal opinion)Published 13 months ago by tonya marthaler
I liked this book.
It remind me a lot of the movie The Deep End of the Ocean starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It had very similar plots. Read more
I read Wake by Lisa McMann and knew that I had to read more by this author. Dead To You was everything I expected plus a little more. Read morePublished on October 17, 2014 by Amber Elise @ Du Livre