Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review: Dead To You by Lisa McMann

Hardcover: 243 pages
Published: February 7th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1442403888 
ISBN13: 9781442403888
Series: Standalone
Received: Bought
Challenges: 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge, 2012 Goodreads Challenge
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...
My Thoughts:
Wow. What can I say about this book that would do it justice? Nothing. But I am going to try. This was amazing read with a BIG finale! It was a omg-I-think-I-am-going-to-stare-at-this-last-page-for-20-minuets-with-my-mouth-hanging-open GOOD!
This is a story of a boy, Ethan. One day he was just playing outside with his brother, Blake. When a car pulled up, Ethan walked over to it, and got in. Nothing was ever the same for the DeWilde family, because Ethan was kidnapped. Until out of the blue, 9 years later, after finally finding his family online, Ethan returns home to his family.
Ethan cannot remember anything. Small things he thinks he remember's just isn't quite right. Why can he not remember anything? Searching boxes he found in the basement marked ETHAN. He tries to uncover some missing pieces in his life. Pictures, toys, clothes, but nothing seems to trigger any sort of memory. No matter how hard he tries. His brother, Blake is distant. Not sure of what to think about his brother Ethan's sudden return. He just cannot leave this feeling that he has alone. But what is it?
After some digging Blake finally feels he has found it. Exactly what he was looking for about his brother, Ethan. But, everything seems to backfire on Blake, leaving Ethan wondering why is he doing this to him! Why? Until that one day, a knock at the door will change them all, forever.

I really liked Ethan as the MC, he was so misunderstood, and my heart broke for him, because he just could not get the missing pieces that he was needing to find.
Blake, the younger brother, the middle child. I really liked him at the begining. He was standoffish, because here it is. 9 years later, his brother is home, but he doesn't know him. But he wants to so badly, just understand.. "Why did you get into that car"
Gracie, she was such a sweet kid. She was really was not sure how to react. This stranger she has never met, is here, and staying. Her brother. Until she finally broke her guard she had. I loved the moments Gracie and Ethan shared. They were very powerful. Beautiful..
Overall, this book had me on my toes, and the finale, was a punch. But, I felt that it was such a great book that left you wondering, thinking, what now?

Lisa McMann, wrote a beautiful story about tragic events. I was pulled into this book with such emotions, that the last page left my heart broken.
This book for me, was just right down amazing!

1 comment:

  1. Eeek! I KNEW You'd love it! It's INCREDIBLE! It's the kinda book that leaves you utterly speechless! And that ending! WOW!!! Great review, and so glad you enjoyed it! :)


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