I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 21st 2015
Genres: Thrillers, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Never Missing, Never Found
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
This is going to be a quickie review because even a week later I’m still having trouble putting my thoughts into words.
Damage Done is a book that gripped me from the beginning, and was a total mind “F” for me. Even though parts of it were predictable, it still totally blew me away.
Lucy/Julia is a character that will have you wanting to dig down into what she’s up to. She forms relationships in her new town carefully. She doesn’t want people she starts to care for to be hurt. Her brother is pretty much nuts. And her friends are devoted to her. They stick with her through some questionable situations, and don’t want her to get herself hurt. They are completely loyal to her, and I think that is what made me love them so much.
Also her parents are ridiculous. They pretty much shut down after the events in the beginning of the book. There’s so much that I want to say, but can’t because it would be full of spoilers. I will say that this book is such a different type in the YA genre, and I appreciate it for that. The only reason it’s a 4 star instead of 5 is because I figured most of it out pretty early on.
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