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The Girl in the Headlines



by
Hannah Jayne

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Sourcebooks
Imprint
Fire
ISBN
9781728225210
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Language: Strong Language , Violence: General
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A brand new YA thriller from Hannah Jayne that explores the nightmare of being accused of murdering your own family…and you don’t remember a single thing.

Andrea McNulty goes to sleep on her eighteenth birthday with a near-perfect life. But when she wakes up in a motel room covered in blood and unable to remember what happened the previous night, she becomes a fugitive.

According to the news, Andi's parents were brutally attacked. Her father is dead, her mother is in a coma, and her little brother Joshua is missing. Andi has no choice but to team up with Nate, the boy working the motel's front desk, to find the real killer. Police have named Andi a prime suspect, and while they are getting further from the real killer, the killer is getting closer to Andi—closer than she could ever have imagined.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Thriller

Topics

Fugitives from justice. Press. Family life. Family secrets. Foster home care. Law and crime. Death, grief, and bereavement.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Andi has no memory of what happened on the night of her 18th birthday when she wakes up the next morning in an unfamiliar motel room, covered in blood. She wanders into the lobby, hoping for some information about how she got there. Instead of clarity, she sees a sensational news story about her family: Her parents were brutally assaulted in their home, her younger brother is missing, and she is the number one suspect in the crimes. With the conveniently helpful motel clerk, mixed-race Nate, as her only ally, Andi, who has olive skin, sets out to find her brother, clear her name, and solve the mystery of her past that may be at the heart of the tragedy. Jayne renders Andi’s insecurity about what she’d believed to be her perfect family alongside Nate’s own abandonment issues, and attempts to subvert stereotypes of “neglected kids” in the process. But it’s never clear why Nate decides to help Andi, and his near-absence from the final third of the novel only exacerbates this confusion. Readers hoping for a heartfelt portrayal of the impacts of childhood traumas will be left wanting more. VERDICT A fast-paced thriller that is driven more by plot than character. Recommended for very large collections.–Dana West, Nathan Hale H.S., Seattle

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Andi has no memory of what happened on the night of her 18th birthday when she wakes up the next morning in an unfamiliar motel room, covered in blood. She wanders into the lobby, hoping for some information about how she got there. Instead of clarity, she sees a sensational news story about her family: Her parents were brutally assaulted in their home, her younger brother is missing, and she is the number one suspect in the crimes. With the conveniently helpful motel clerk, mixed-race Nate, as her only ally, Andi, who has olive skin, sets out to find her brother, clear her name, and solve the mystery of her past that may be at the heart of the tragedy. Jayne renders Andi’s insecurity about what she’d believed to be her perfect family alongside Nate’s own abandonment issues, and attempts to subvert stereotypes of “neglected kids” in the process. But it’s never clear why Nate decides to help Andi, and his near-absence from the final third of the novel only exacerbates this confusion. Readers hoping for a heartfelt portrayal of the impacts of childhood traumas will be left wanting more. VERDICT A fast-paced thriller that is driven more by plot than character. Recommended for very large collections.–Dana West, Nathan Hale H.S., Seattle

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