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Songs for the Missing
Songs for the Missing
Author: Stewart O'Nan
"It was the summer of her Chevette, of J.P. and letting her hair grow." It was also the summer when, without warning, popular high school student Kim Larsen disappeared from her small Midwestern town. Her loving parents, her introverted sister, her friends and boyfriend, must now do everything they can to find her. As desperate search parties gi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143116028
ISBN-10: 0143116029
Publication Date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
A brilliantly observed novel about a family's worst nightmare that lingers in the imagination long after the last page is turned.
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This book is a compelling account of one family and it's loss, which is so different for each member.

One of those you don't want to put down books.

I highyly recommend.
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"Songs for the Missing" is the story of Kim and her family. One hot July day, the summer before she is supposed to leave for college, Kim fails to show up for work one day. The story continues as her family and friends go through the process of trying to find Kim.

Based on a true story, "Songs for the Missing" is a book that definitely makes you think. What if Kim were your child? Your sister? Your friend? What would you do to find her? I loved that "Songs for the Missing" is a book that makes you think and sympathize with the characters (I hope you can't empathize).

"Songs for the Missing" will be released in October. I recommend that you check it out. The reasons that I didn't rate this particular book higher is because it never gave me that "can't put it down" feeling. Also, the little "synopsis" on the back gives away the entire story. So, if you don't like knowing how something will end, don't read the back! Read more at
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I had a very hard time with this book for several reasons. First, because of the intensity of the situation with which it deals. What could be worse than losing a child and not knowing what happened. Second, because this book is more about character and emotion than plot. I find plot-based books much easier reading. Third, because of the permeating sadness and tragedy. I did not dislike the book. I just had to walk away from it.
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I liked this book, I thought it was well written and the author does a good job of taking you into the mind of those affected my the disappearance of the daughter. It just becomes too much. You identify with the anguish of not knowing but somehow it feels like the author is playing with your emotions, sensationalizing the discription to pull at your emotional strings. Something about it doesn't seem honest to me. By the last third of the book I just wanted to get through it.
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Well written tale of the trauma of a family whose teenage daughter goes missing. It is a mystery as well as a look at the actions people take to recover a lost child. It's so honestly told you begin to wonder if it's a real true life story.