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And she doesn't do either issue much justice. The mystery is highly predictable but gets bogged down by all the "relationship" stuff. And the relationship stuff drags on and on and on and the mystery sort of gets neatly wrapped up at the end. I didn't care for this book at a This book was all over the place for me. I didn't care for this book at all. View 1 comment. Apr 16, Eliza Smith rated it it was amazing. Faith Gardner has written another fabulous YA novel.

Like her first, Perdita, this one is a page-turning thrill ride. Vera, our protagonist, is a complex, emotional character with a funny, ironic voice. Gardner's writing is all at once snappy and poetic, and her pacing is pitch perfect. I read this book in less than 24 hours; I couldn't put it down! And I'm still thinking about it, wishing I could read it for the first time all over again.

As a Bay Area resident myself, this book is a wonderful, sometimes cutting, love letter to the region, and it was fun to get lost in geography with which I'm so familiar. Gardner is definitely one to watch for. I can't wait for her next book--it can't come soon enough! Oct 30, Bunni rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't even know what to think or how to rate this book.

I made it to page on ebook, my heart broken the whole way reading. I loved the style; I couldn't put it down. Now I am disgusted. New plot? Amazing twist? I honestly thought this book was going to be new, that it was a fictionalized book of someone dealing with their twin having been kidnapped and returned - not necessarily a thriller or requiring a twist.

Just a family learning to DEAL. But I don't even know what to think or how to rate this book. But no. NO originality.

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I am so so so sad I wasted time reading this. I am sick inside. Nov 08, Claire W rated it it was amazing. I loved a lot of things about this book but the narrator's voice was probably my favorite thing. Vera Rose has a lot of sharpness and irony to her, she's not a sweet and saccharine kind of heroine - but she is so intelligent and so emotionally intelligent, that you can't help but fall for her, at least I couldn't.

The story is a great what-if, and touches on some really dark and difficult things without being overwhelmed by them. What if the long-lost other half of you just showed up one day, ho I loved a lot of things about this book but the narrator's voice was probably my favorite thing. What if the long-lost other half of you just showed up one day, how are you supposed to "go back to normal" after all those years? This novel doesn't offer easy answers, it really allows the world to be as complex as it is, which I think readers, especially young readers, appreciate.

I really loved it. Mar 12, Katie Thompson rated it it was amazing. I loved every page of this book! I found myself thinking I knew the way the story would end in one chapter, and then realizing later I had been changing my mind about the ending after almost every other chapter! The relationships in this story were especially intriguing; I was particularly moved by the depth of complexity and bittersweetness in the relationship between Ava and Vera.

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I know I've found a good book when I want to know more about how the story plays out even after I've read the last I loved every page of this book! I know I've found a good book when I want to know more about how the story plays out even after I've read the last page! Oct 01, Amber Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya. Sep 11, Nikki Stafinski rated it it was amazing.

As someone who is addicted to anything and everything true crime, I devoured this. It kept me up until 3am at one point. A lot of the chapters are really short, just a paragraph or two, which made it easy to zip right through. The entire story was really compelling and so well written. You could just feel the pain this entire family was going through, not to mention the loneliness Vera was going through. What is it like to spend six years of your life as a twin, one half of a whole, and then sud As someone who is addicted to anything and everything true crime, I devoured this.

What is it like to spend six years of your life as a twin, one half of a whole, and then suddenly be missing that half? It's a real identity struggle for her and you just feel for this girl. She refers to herself as the 'ghost girl' a few times because her whole family has a tendency to see right through her, as they're so focused on finding Ava.

Even when they do find Ava, Vera is their bridge to getting through to her. I just really loved this. Vera was really fleshed out. All the characters were, which was nice. They all had their own unique personalities and stuck to them. Now I'm in the mood to read everything true crime.

Definitely give this one a go if you're looking for a fast-paced, mystery, thriller type of feel. Sep 13, Elizabeth Mellen rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , thriller , young-adult. This is probably my most enjoyed straight thriller. I liked the peek into how the family was broken by the disappearance of Ava when she was 6. How her twin sister Vera sort of became invisible because everyone was so busy worrying about Ava. I liked that we see Vera try to move on to adulthood, before everything is changed by the return of Ava.

Oct 05, Amanie McGee rated it really liked it Shelves: tears-actual-tears , contemporary , mystery. So this was a ride. A sad, mysterious, beautiful ride. The story pulled me in from the start and even though I figured out what was happening before the book was even half over I was so invested and still hoping for a happy ending that I kept reading. I enjoyed having the perspective of the family of the victim and man did I feel for them. I spent a good chunk of the time waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it did my heart ached for everyone involved. I have to say, this book was really great.

Tho I wished it leaned more into psychological thriller but still I could put it down. Jan 15, niamh rated it it was ok. May 28, Lilly rated it it was amazing. I was hesitant reading this because I figured it would be a hit or miss and I am so glad I picked up this book. It makes all other books in comparison seem dreadfully boring.

I absolutely loved this book and I think everyone should read it!!! Apr 30, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: lgbtq , edelweiss , realistic-fiction , ya , mental-health. All opinions are my own. Ava Rivers disappeared on Halloween when she was six years old. Since then, her family has never been the same.

Her twin, Vera, struggles to know who she is in a family that refuses to move on from this one horrific event. Her mother now only focuses on "events:" charity functions, volunteering, public appearances. Her father has become a recluse of sorts, living in the basem Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this for review.

Her father has become a recluse of sorts, living in the basement, maintaining FindAvaRivers.

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Her brother no longer comes to family events after one memorable Thanksgiving where he threw the turkey out the window because he was high. So now, Vera is counting down the days to when she can move to Portland for college, to start over, to finally be herself. But then Ava is found. But definitely her. She comes back into the fold of the Riverses and it's like they get a glimpse of what their lives could have, no should have been. Everything is better, all at once. Of course, there are still questions where was she, what happened to her, why won't Ava continue to talk to the police, what is she hiding.

But the Riverses are trying to hold on to hope. And hope can be the most dangerous thing of all. Highly recommend. This is more of a "new adult" than "young adult" title, in my opinion. The main character is 19 and has deferred college. There is adult language, but very little in the way of graphic descriptions of sex or violence. Rape and abuse are mentioned, but never detailed. Mainly, this is a book that makes you think about what it means to be a family. What it is to have hope. What it is to lose hope, and how on earth you can come back from it. Mar 07, Yumna Safi rated it it was amazing.

This was one of those tomes I grabbed the first book I saw on the shelf. I am glad to say I was NOT disappointed. Oct 30, Sharon rated it it was ok Shelves: thriller , mystery , young-adult. When six year old Ava disappeared without a trace on Halloween night, her twin sister Vera is left without her best friend. Between the guilty feelings of their twelve year old brother, who was supposed to be watching the girls, and her parents' descent into their own worlds of grief and anger, Vera is pretty much left to navigate the world alone.

When the unthinkable happens twelve years lat The book is called The Second Life of Ava Rivers, but her sister Vera is the main narrator of the story.

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When the unthinkable happens twelve years later, will Vera be able to cope with changes in her world? How will the family dynamic differ from the time period before? I was not a fan of the writing style, with its teenage lingo and choppy sentence structure. This was clearly a book meant for its target audience, YA, but it would have been better had the author stuck to writing fundamentals.

The Second Life of Ava Rivers could have been a compelling story, but there were just too many plot points that were unrealistic and ruined the novel for me. The book just drifts from situation to situation, never really engaging the reader in a meaningful way. Jan 12, Oona K. I really liked this book. It wasn't a thriller like expected but still great.

I really liked the twist at the end. Sep 20, Jennilyn rated it really liked it Shelves: source-netgalley. And no, I am not saying that it is a bad thing. The book is narrated by Vera Rivers. She is the fraternal twin sister of the titular Ava Rivers. Dad quit his marketing job and became a basement hermit running the PR back-end of the case including the website FindAvaRivers.

Mom became the front person and aside from bringing out fresh flyers on a regular basis, she became very involved with volunteer work. Guilt-wracked older brother Elliot decided to lead a gypsy life and is possibly a druggie. Vera practically became a furniture in her own house. At the beginning of the book, Vera is low-key thrilled to leave soon for college in Portland.

The future is such a promise, a sweet offer to bury a tragic past. The book has mystery elements blended well into a family drama. The dysfunction that has become of the Rivers house is transformed into a well-coordinated team effort to make Ava recover and well-adjusted back to their family. Vera, for one, selflessly decided to defer her enrollment to college to help Ava in almost everything. What she lacks in verve, she makes up for genuine kindness. She is those two characters rolled into one and something else. That something else is what Vera and the reader has to figure out.

Each chapter is brief so a focus-deficient reader like me did not wear out easily. The writing is concise with graceful touches to it. Each joy, each horror so fleeting. They survive. Feb 01, Finn Lindsey rated it liked it. Honestly, the only part of this book I really liked was the ending. It tended to be boring and slow, with quite the twist ending.

I did however like the concept. It was really dramatic for really no reason. Ava was missing for 12 years I believe it was, and I'm pretty sure no one would still be focused on the investigation by then. I also think it was silly that she was right in their neighborhood the entire time and no one had bothered to look there. I did like the ending, where it turned out th Honestly, the only part of this book I really liked was the ending.

I did like the ending, where it turned out the girl was not Ava, however I don't think anyone could know all those details and be so much like her. Overall it was very unrealistic. The first half of the book was all too realistic though. Not much happened until they found Ava. Feb 20, Katherine Hainer rated it it was amazing. Well holy cow. This book A beautiful story that teaches that pain is a part of life and sometimes you are happy because of the pain that came before.

Definitely recommend. He acumulado tantas en mi vida— pero hay dos particularmente que me interesan. Esta es la familia de mi madre. De cuerpos esbeltos y sanos, los hombres con sus figuras de esgrimistas— siento nostalgia al mirar esta foto. Lounging in a beach chair I am moved by the meekness of the ocean, the distances it has traveled to unfold in frothing ringlets by my feet. At high tide, rippling iridescent serpents form under the aquamarine skin. In the warm glow of the setting sun, the images are serene, gentle, stripped of all haste— the hush of this supple silence makes me close my eyes, and the old white swan I saw yesterday in the twilight appears.

I see it crane its neck toward the sky opening its beak ever so briefly to puncture my heart with its desolate song.

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In the gathering darkness I hear the desperate fanning of its ruffled feathers as it sails toward the magenta shroud of its fate. En la pleamar, iridiscentes serpientes ondulantes se forman bajo la epidermis aguamarina. It is a July night scented with gardenias. The moon and stars shine hiding the essence of the night. As darkness fell —with its deepening onyx shadows and the golden brilliance of the stars— my mother put the garden, her house, the kitchen, in order. Now, as she sleeps, I walk in her garden immersed in the solitude of the moment. I have forgotten the names of many trees and flowers and there used to be more pines where orange trees flower now.

Tonight I think of all the skies I have pondered and once loved. Tonight the shadows around the house are kind. The sky is a camera obscura projecting blurred images. Es una noche de julio perfumada de gardenias. La luna y las estrellas brillan sin revelar la esencia de la noche. Esta noche las sombras alrededor de la casa son benignas.

En la casa de mi madre los destellos de los astros me perforan con nostalgia, y cada hilo de la red que circunvala este universo es una herida que no sana. Materials for Teachers Materials for Teachers Home. Poems for Kids. Poems for Teens. Lesson Plans.

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