Most of the story-line was intriguing and believable. A teen girl has an annoying younger brother, mother who is an addict and father who left the family for a younger woman - a common part of teens lives. BUT this family takes a trip this summer and that is when the story takes its unique twists and turns.
Would not recommend for the naive young teen (13 to 15) due to language, drug & alcohol usage.
I didn't rate it higher only because I felt the author tried too hard to victimize the main character in some situations.
I will be suggesting this to my teen students!
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
Caitlin Ross's mother believes that Caitlin and her younger brother, Luke, need a change of scenery. That the lavish, free life they live has gone to their head, and that they need something to help change their attitude. Why wouldn't she feel that way, since Caitlin's dad divorced her and now the family is even more messed up than before? Caitlin is still seeing her rocker boyfriend, Ian, who doesn't really seem to care that much about her, and Luke is speaking like a rap song.
So mom decides to take them to North Carolina's outer banks for the summer, ruining Caitlin's plans. But of course Caitlin's dad will save her from her mother's summer plans. That is, until she finds out that her father, the one person that had always backed her up, has already agreed to her mother's travel plans. Goodbye, singing in her boyfriend's band and all the partying - hello to an island that she has never heard of.
Yet who knew that Caitlin's ordinary teenage life would be replaced with Nancy Drew's. Caitlin just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when she accidentally witnesses a murder right in front of her eyes. And these supposedly new friends she has made are at the top of her suspect list. Now all she needs is a little help. The only problem is that staying on a stormy, isolated island isn't much help in solving a murder mystery when the weather just so happens to cut off all ties to the mainland. So it's up to Caitlin to save the day, or at least her life.
LOST SUMMER is just another one of Alex McAulay's awesome books that should be on everyone's to-read list. Caitlin's adventure is just so gripping and suspenseful that you wish you had her life; well, maybe not really. It is the perfect book to have with you on the beach, during the summer, to take your mind off all the drama - if you have any. Another great novel in the MTV line of books.