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Wherever Nina Lies

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Wherever Nina Lies

Ellie has wondered about her missing sister Nina for exactly the two years since she disappeared. Now that she’s 16, people like her best friend Amanda want her to move on and forget. But she can’t. Nina dyed her hair blue, graduated from high school and disappeared soon after. She thinks about Nina every single day, especially when some sisters come into the coffee shop where she works in Edgebridge, IL. Then she finds a drawing made by her talented artist sister in a thrift store box, and her adventure begins.

The drawing came from a house famous in the area for musicians and young people looking for a place to crash. It’s going to be torn down, and Ellie convinces Amanda to take her there to find clues about Nina. While there, she is almost distracted by intense eye contact with a guy named Sean, but then she finds someone to ask about Nina. She almost comes to harm but is able to leave before being badly injured.

When Sean shows up again at her coffee shop looking for her, Ellie falls hard for the charming boy who has a dead brother and seems to understand her pain over Nina. Sean suggests she follow Nina’s last credit card use in Nebraska and offers to take her. Ellie’s mom works late night shifts at an infant hospital ward and may not even notice she’s gone for a few days. Ellie decides this is her chance to find Nina again and know peace, so she and Sean embark on a road trip.

Amanda continues to try to call Ellie and tell her that Sean has a bad reputation in town. Ellie decides Amanda is jealous and continues to hunt down clues to Nina’s last whereabouts, including following a band and staying in luxury hotels that Sean insists it is no problem for him to pay for. Then she starts staying with him in those hotels and falling in love with him even more. Sean seems to grow more caring and loving each day, and tells her he can help her move on from her worries about Nina, as long as they are together. Soon Ellie realizes that she herself is in danger, and those she cares about most have lots of secrets themselves.

Readers may know Ellie is in trouble long before she does, but the piecing together of the clues is clever and surprising. Mature teen readers will find themselves turning pages to find out Nina’s fate and what will happen to Ellie.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on February 1, 2009

Wherever Nina Lies
by Lynn Weingarten

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2009
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Point
  • ISBN-10: 054506631X
  • ISBN-13: 9780545066310