From School Library Journal
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))