Through this novel we follow three main characters in three distinct stories. One is a man in search of his missing twin brother, another is a girl who has runaway with her high school history teacher, and the last is a young man who discovers his life has been a lie and sets out to reinvent himself. The interesting part of this novel is trying to figure out how these stories are connected. The stories are not necessarily told in chronological order and as the reader works their way through the chapters they discover clues. While trying to unravel this mystery was fun, the stories themselves were not necessarily compelling. I also felt that the ending was wrapped up just a bit too neatly. Suddenly, in the last chapter we switch to the point of view of a character we haven't heard from before and everything is laid out for us. It's too bad because I felt that this was the most interesting character in the book and hearing from him more often might have made for a much more interesting story. Over all this was an enjoyable read which I would recommend, but there is definitely room for improvement in this author's writing.
This was a pretty unusual story. It follows three different sets of characters, and it's a long time before you learn how they are related, but you eventually do. Miles Cheshire is searching for his twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for 10 years. Lucy Lattimore has run away from Pompey, Ohio, with her former high school history teacher, George Orson, a few days after graduation. And Ryan Schuyler has learned that his parents aren't who he thinks they are, so he walks away from his college campus to remake himself. It is very well written and I often couldn't put it down.
Was this book perfect? This book was perfect!!! I loved everything about it. The writing was so spare, barely noticeable but I loved it. The plot: so twisty, but (maybe because of the low-key prose) it didn't feel gimmicky. The characters! I'm pretty sure I was Lucy at 18; I would have cut off my left arm for a George Orson, thank God I never met one. The question of the book, which is whether or a person can change his/her identity and still be the same person, was fascinating. It's a literary mystery, which seems to be becoming my favourite genre. By the end, I wished all the books on my bookshelf could be this one. Recommended.