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The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan
Contributor(s): Cribbs, Gia
ISBN: 133501537X     ISBN-13: 9781335015372
Publisher: Harlequin Books Teen
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Approaching her final months before being released from witness protection, a high school senior unexpectedly reunites with someone she once cared about and considers breaking the rules for the first time, placing herself at high risk. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teenage girls; Fiction.
Witnesses; Protection; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018086830
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 391 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

In Cribb's intricately plotted debut thriller, high-school senior Sloane Sullivan (her 19th identity) has been in the Witness Protection Program for almost 6 years, after witnessing a violent crime. Her minder, Agent Markham, whom she calls Mark, has taken care of her through both her mother's murder and her father's eventual suicide. She's ready to get out of the program and move on with her life. Staying anonymous, however, seems like a tall order after she runs into her childhood best friend, Jason Thomas. Sloane just wants to be normal, but her past is catching up with her, placing everyone she cares about in harm's way. Cribbs draws an effective portrait of a young woman forced to make unusual and mature choices while navigating the more conventional stresses of teen life, and Sloane is a smart, savvy narrator. The tension increases exponentially in the second half, when events force Sloane to put the disparate pieces of her past together, resulting in stunning revelations. Just when it seems that a resolution is in sight, more surprises build to an explosive, satisfying finale. Ages 12–18. Agent: Steven Salpeter, Curtis Brown. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 9 Up—Now, almost six years after entering the Witness Security Program, Sloane Sullivan is on her 19th name. She is determined that this identity will be her last: she will graduate high school, head to college, and officially start her life as Sloane Sullivan. All her plans are threatened when she finds Jason, her best childhood friend, at her new high school. Sloane starts breaking rules to protect her new identity while daring to get close to the boy she's always loved, all while attempting to discover the truth hidden in her past. This debut novel ambitiously combines elements of a character study, crime thriller, romance, and teen drama. Sloane's flashbacks and exposition provide character development, while her reactions to everyday high school drama feel authentic. Discerning readers will detect the suspicious nature of one of her relationships and will recognize this novel as a thriller early on, but others may not realize it until the second half. The story includes conversations about consent and power dynamics in romantic relationships. However, the few other female characters come across as one-dimensional plot devices, and Sloane's unhealthy reaction to a toxic relationship, though questioned by other characters, is not explored in real depth. While some may find these issues problematic, others will be too swept away by the intricate suspense and romance to notice. VERDICT Recommend this page-turning romantic thriller to fans of Ally Carter's "Embassy Row" series or Cherie Priest's I Am Princess X.—Elizabeth Lovsin, Deerfield Public Library, IL

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