Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan
This book will be released in August 2010.
It was a perfect plan, but then it all went wrong. When their college prep advisor tells them that it takes more than good grades and community service to get into the best schools, Finn and Chloe decide to make themselves and their college essays very special. They stage Chloe’s kidnapping, hiding her in the basement of Finn’s grandmother’s house because she is out of town. It was supposed to be simple, but their carefully staged deception starts to wear on Finn as she is forced to lie to everyone, carefully staging her emotions and reactions to not only keep the lie going but to make sure that they get enough attention from the media. When CNN shows up to cover the kidnapping, Finn and Chloe know that it cannot end the way they had planned and are forced to make dreadful choices. Don’t pick up this page turner without clearing your day first, it is impossible to put down!
With a great premise, the book opens with Finn in the midst of the situation already. There is little time to draw breath as readers are immediately plunged into a faked kidnapping staged by two very smart but very naive girls. The drive to have a bit of fame combined with the pressures of college applications make for a potent combination for a book.
The story is told from Finn’s point of view as she deals with attending school and lying to everyone in her life, including Chloe’s parents and her own. Finn is in denial about a lot of things throughout the book, facing complicated feelings about her best friend. This tension about their relationship and what is at the heart of it makes the book even more compelling as Finn tries to navigate a situation of her own making.
This riveting novel is tightly written. The book builds tension as Finn struggles with her emotions and with the fallout from the kidnapping. It is not breakneck paced, rather it is woven into an intense read.
Ideal for booktalking to teens, this book will have everyone right from the premise. It completely lives up to its promise as a thrilling look at lies and fame. Appropriate for ages 14-17.
Reviewed from ARC received from Scholastic.