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Missing in Somerville Paperback – December 5, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
As a seasoned reader, I could comment on things I did not think were important to the story or the telling, not showing. However, I took a step back and looked at this story from younger eyes, and found it to be excellent. The intended audience would not be so critical and the story would excite and please. I feel teens would be talking about this book long after they put it down!
A.J. Raven did his job - he wrote a clever novel for his intended audience. It doesn't get any better than that.
The book was portrayed as a crime investigation by an amateur sleuth like the Hardy Boys, but my attention kept drifting to the dynamics of the group of teenagers. The depiction of the disappeared heiress was so-so, and the methods of Jerry to solve the mystery were sometimes clueless, relying upon good luck and very willing victims to help him in his task.
It would be fun for A.J. Raven to keep writing the series as a sort of "Archie's Crime Mysteries" where Jerry relies upon his gang to help him out as he resolves to launch a career as a junior investigator. In that sense, it is similar to an old book series, "The Three Investigators" with Jupiter Jones and gang. In The Three Investigators, the trio of boys don't have the same range of emotions and interests as does A.J. Raven's gang, which is why I liked this crew. (The Three Investigators are very popular in Germany).
One twist in the book that made it more up-to-date and refreshing, even if brief, was the topic of forbidden love.
Don't let the three stars throw you off... I really enjoyed this book, for a light read, and would probably read it over and over again. Sharpen the plot on the crimes and you'll have a feast! Use more old fashioned detective methods, like talking to police, checking for fingerprints and footprints, researching the old newspapers at the library, and so on!
This could easily become a series.
Now, there aren’t a lot of books out there that have a strong teenaged gay or bisexual lead paired with a nice mystery. Or maybe there are and i don’t know about them. Anyway, i like to read books and i got to know about a little mystery titled “Missing in Somerville”
Now, the title is quite self-explanatory. You can tell that the story will take place in Somerville, is a mystery and it’s probably going to be about something that has gone missing. However, what it doesn’t tell is how much fun this book is.
Now, the fun part are the things that are experienced by the main character, Jerry Mathews. If you have been looking for a mystery title that has a strong bisexual lead, then this is one is for you. Jerry Mathews, is the kind of character who doesn’t take no for an answer when he decides to do something. Wanting to write for the school newspaper he stumbles upon a mystery that will put Jerry and his friends in life-threatening situations.
The dynamics between the friends is fun to read about. You have Ashley, Kate, Justin and Nick. All of them have very different personalities, however, that’s what makes them a strong group and each individual will do what he or she can in order to save their friends. Relationships are very important to the story, whether it’s friendship or the weirdness that Jerry experiences when he shares a kiss with his neighbor Kevin.
Being a Young Adult novel, you can be sure to find a lot of emotional and full of angst moments as well. After the kiss, Jerry’s and Kevin’s relationship changes and Jerry needs time to get over the whole thing. Of course, he has to solve the mystery and spending time on what the encounter with Kevin actually meant seems like a waste of time to him.
One of the things that i liked about the book is that there’s no extra character in it. every character has their own personalities and has a job to do that adds to the whole story. Some of the characters aren’t what they seem to be and that’s the best thing about the book.
Jerry’s competence and bravery shines in the last chapter of the book when the real culprit is found and let me tell you, the fight sequence isn’t an easy one to digest. Even though Jerry is the lead, he doesn’t come out unscathed. He’s just a teenager who hasn’t been in a fight ever in his life.
Somerville Mysteries is a good read. Things start to gain speed quite soon and doesn’t slow down until the last page. Jerry Mathews is a character who is definitely someone readers will look up to. He isn’t a hero and neither a saint. He’s a teenager who is trying to figure out stuff happening in his life and he has a ‘mean-streak’ in him as well.
Give it a read if you want to experience something that’s fun and thrilling at the same time.
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