Even though the book seems to be about Kurt, who narrates the story, and his sister, the one who disappeared, it’s really more about Stacy, the semi-queen of their social group. Everyone’s story really revolves around Stacy: what they know, what they think they know, what she’s said, how she lied. It was her gun at the party, and everyone claims she’s the one who brought it. And Casey, the missing girl, was dating her ex-boyfriend, who many point to as the father of Stacy’s recent pregnancy. But what does Stacy have to do with this? In the book, Stacy rarely speaks for herself; others speak for her and about her, which would be plenty sad even if the real story didn’t overwhelm that sadness with even greater tragedy in her life. Woven through the story, too, is the idea of how people can outgrow their friends as well as a dash of post-graduation “I’m not ready for the rest of my life!” I think this is a book that would benefit from reading in a single sitting, so that the story can overwhelm the reader in a way that mirrors how the characters feel. It reads very much like a 2 hour TV movie (although there are few red herrings in the story, just confused momentary misdirection) with twists right up until the end.
Read it with:
Party by Tom Leveen
Paper Towns by John Green
Dawn by Kevin Brooks
What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci