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Dead Girl Moon (2012)

by Charlie Price(Favorite Author)
3.1 of 5 Votes: 4
ISBN
0374317526 (ISBN13: 9780374317522)
languge
English
publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
review 1: I would recommend this book for readers particularly interested in mysteries and more of an adult take on the subject as opposed to regular YA readers. Between JJ, Mick and Grace, I'd argue that the latter is the main character as you start and end the novel from her perspective and you're given a thorough view of her life. The issue I take there is that she has the least character development of the three protagonists. JJ has probably the least insight given into her character but she was easily my favourite. She clearly finds her inner strength as the novel progresses, which was refreshing given Grace's lack of advancement. As for Mick, I didn't understand his character motivation half the time. His decisions seemed flawed as a result of the writing style and not his cha... moreracter. In other words, his actions didn't always make sense to me. I mostly enjoyed the first 80 and last 80 pages, and found myself struggling to get through the ones inbetween. It seemed to me that the middle was meant to have less action and be more about character development but it didn't focus enough on any of the characters to give me a greater sense of their deeper thoughts. I do have to say that I was groaning as I approached the ending and thinking it was going to be predictable, and it surprised me for sure. It was really nice to end on a high note plot wise.
review 2: Dead Girl Moon is about dirty politics, murder, and damaged teens. With a setting in my home state, I thought I would enjoy the setting. I however was not impressed, by not only the setting, but the story as well. The idea is not a bad one, but certain elements had me discouraged from the beginning. I will say I did finish the whole thing, and I liked the murder mystery behind the story. The murder mystery of the young women was decent. The killer is unknown throughout the book until the very end. It is what made me stick through to the very end, but it is the only reason I stuck through until the end. If other elements such as characters and other story lines would have been more believable, I think I would have enjoyed Dead Girl Moon. The main character Grace comes from a very abuse home, and runs away to Montana. The first unbelievable story line starts there. Upon walking into Social Services, Grace is direct to the office of a man in league with other corrupt officials that run the town. He manages to place her in foster care without asking anything except her name, which of course she made up, and a five-minute conversation. No birth certificate, date of birth, or anything identify paperwork what so ever. He also manages to get her a job, without a social security number, and a foster home with a drug dealer. I know that this is supposed to show the dirty politics and corruption of the local government, but it is not realistic in the slightest. I also could not get behind any of the characters, they just felt very one dimensional to me. Without a plausible story line and under developed characters, I just could not connect with the story. I hate giving a bad or negative review, but a lot about this book did not sit right with me. I think the murder mystery was a great plot development, but the story surrounding it could have been more fleshed out and realistic. It is not a horrible book, it is just not a great one. **Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** less
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Joanie
So far, this book is great. I will give a full review on thebookdealer.net.
beck
Cannot finish thisNot intriguing enoughI am kind of disappointed
Caryn
it was a great book!! Full of excitement!
errith
It was OK
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