Dec 11, 2010

Book Review: Manifest

Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she's been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he's dead...
Ricky Watson was killed a year ago in the alley behind Krystal's new school. The rumor mill is filled with stories of Ricky and his untimely death. Unfortunately, as a ghost, Ricky is unable to investigate his own murder, so Ricky needs Krystal to find the truth and she needs someone to listen. When Krystal befriends Sasha and Jake, both outcasts at her high school, the threesome soon discover that they have more in common than their outsider status. Each has a unique paranormal ability and an unusual birthmark in the shape of an "M." Jake announces that the M must stand for misfits, and so the three form an unusual clique. They soon realize that solving Ricky's murder can help them understand the mystery behind their powers and may reveal whether there are others like them.

 I tend to enjoy a lot of the young adult books.  They sure have a come a long way from when I was that age.  In fact when I was that age, there wasn't even a genre such as young adult.  Kids these days don't know how good they really have it.  At least as far as book selection goes.

MANIFEST however wasn't one of  ones that I enjoyed.  It was readable, in fact it did keep drawing me back into the story.  However I found the pacing to be rather slow in fact so slow that I can easily see a young reader getting bored and never finishing the story.  And the issues with her mother, well I have seen that exact same plot device in too many other stories. 

I did enjoy the ending though.  It made persevering all worthwhile.  And I will admit to being curious about Krystal's friend's stories though I am not sure if I will pick up the sequels.

I rate this book a 2.5
I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.


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