Monday, November 17, 2014

This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko


This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from author; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin's world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.


Review: This book is simple in plot, but full of emotion. The book is told in two first-person point of views. Some chapters you get Colin, the boyfriend and last person to see Sarah before she disappears, and Clarie, Sarah's younger sister who has always had a crush on Colin.

This book surrounds Sarah, but it's not entirely about her. This book is about the holes that people leave when they go away. In Sarah's case, these are huge holes because there is no closure. Sarah is probably dead; many people believe this. But without knowing where she went or who might have taken her, there is always the question. Colin holds onto this idea of Sarah still being out there in order to keep himself from healing. He goes to therapy but doesn't truly open up. Claire, on the other hand, knows her sister is gone. She knows that she can never be the "perfect" daughter and she often wishes she had disappeared instead.

The book is mostly Colin's story, I think, though Claire definitely has her part. It was sad hearing from either of them because they feel stuck in the past. Neither of them can really let go of Sarah. It doesn't help that Claire loves Colin and almost wants him to see Sarah in her and is willing to do whatever she can to make him happy. Colin isn't happy though. He's not even grieving, really. He's just...angry.

While there isn't a huge plot to this story, it still works. It's about growth and change. It's about life and death. It's about love and friendship. It's about moving on. This is Sarah is a mystery in a way, but that's not really what it's about. Even as a reader, we have to learn that sometimes answers don't appear and people go away.

I would definitely recommend! 

11 comments:

Melliane said...

Oh this one sounds really interesting. I don't think I've heard about it but it sounds intense and I'm quite curious to see what really happened to her. thanks for the review!

Cleo Bannister said...

I've not heard of this book before but it sounds like a fascinating read and shows that sometimes a book doesn't need a huge amount of plot if it is character led.

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Erika Sorocco said...

This sounds like such an interesting one!

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Kindlemom said...

This was a great read wasn't it? And you are right, it is a fast read and there isn't much too it yet there is all at the same time because of all the emotional part of it.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

It would drive me nuts not to know what happened to Sarah, but yet I get it There is still a big unsolved missing case here in Portland for a little boy that is four years old and no one knows what happened to him.

Krysten Quiles said...

This books sounds a little like Paper Towns by John Green, but still sounds good!

Zoe N. said...

This sounds SO good! I love anything that pulls at my emotions and this sounds like it does just that. I can't wait to give it a try! :D Thanks for sharing Lauren, and (as always) fabulous review! <3

Diva Booknerd said...

I love the mystery and intrigue of this one. Missing without a trace, no closure and you'd still hold onto hope that she was alive. It sounds utterly brilliant, definitely checking this one out. Awesome review and thanks for sharing Lauren <3

Tracy Terry said...

Loving the cover. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll be sure to keep a look out out for this.

Alise (Readers In Wonderland) said...

I also love that cover. I don't mind a plot that is a bit simple, especially if it tells an emotional story!

Candace said...

There's no conclusion about what happened to her? I think that might drive me nuts. The rest sounds good!