The Reunion

By Kit Frick

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Publisher Simon & Schuster Imprint Margaret K. McElderry ISBN


The Reunion

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Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes,Violence: General,Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

From the author of I Killed Zoe Spanos comes a YA thriller in the vein of The White Lotus and Karen M. McManus’s The Cousins following a doomed family reunion at a posh Caribbean resort, where old grudges and dangerous secrets culminate in murder.

Eleven Mayweathers went on vacation. Ten came home.

It’s been years since the fragmented Mayweather clan was all in one place, but the engagement of Addison and Mason’s mom to the dad of their future stepbrother, Theo, brings the whole family to sunny Cancún, Mexico, for winter break. Add cousin Natalia to the mix, and it doesn’t take long for tempers to fray and tensions to rise. A week of forced family “fun” reveals that everyone has something to hide, and as secrets bubble to the surface, no one is safe from the fallout. By the end of the week, one member of the reunion party will be dead—and everyone’s a suspect:

The peacekeeper: Addison needs a better hiding place.

The outsider: Theo just wants to mend fences.

The romantic: Natalia doesn’t want to talk about the past.

The hothead: Mason needs to keep his temper under control.

It started as a week in paradise meant to bring them together. But the Mayweathers are about to learn the hard way that family bonding can be deadly.

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-The Mayweather family is full of secrets. When they gather in Cancún for a weeklong reunion and engagement party, some of those secrets are bound to come out. Addison Acker-Mayweather, 16, hopes to find a way to reconnect with her twin brother, Mason, and their cousin Natalia, who is also 16. They used to be best friends, but after "the Incident" three years ago, they've drifted apart. Theo Hunt's dad is marrying the twins' mother, and Theo, 17, just wants to have a peaceful start with his new family. But the reunion doesn't go as planned, and the death of a teenager shows what happens when secrets threaten to be exposed. Told in the protagonists' alternating viewpoints and interspersed with hotel announcements, newspaper reports, and interview transcripts, Frick's novel has potential. The focus on "the Incident" throughout, with a reveal that feels rushed, makes this thriller drag in parts. The novel includes a bisexual character and a two-mother family with children of Puerto Rican and white descent. VERDICT This one may interest teens who enjoy thrillers, but the pacing detracts from the plot's strengths.-Rebekah J. Buchananα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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