I promise to one day read books that aren’t young adult, but until then, here’s another awesome YA book for your reading pleasure.
You know how sometimes you start a book and it takes a about 30 to 40 pages to really get good? You have to stick with it and then you fall in love, but it’s not love at first sight? Well, for my students, they’re normally not going to stick around that long in a book. If it doesn’t grab them immediately, they’ll put it. So the good news with Sheltered by Harlan Coben is that by page three, you’re hooked.
Mickey Bolitar is a teenager who is down on his luck. His dad recently died in a car accident that Mickey was lucky enough to witness, his mom is now a drug addict who can’t cope with her husband’s death, and Mickey has to live with his uncle whom he doesn’t get along with. And then his new girlfriend disappears. This guy just can’t catch a break.
As he begins to search for his girlfriend, he gets drawn into a corrupt world much bigger than he can imagine. And it starts to shine some light on his parents, their old way of life, and what happened to his girlfriend.
I couldn’t put this book down and it worked out perfectly that it happened to be silent reading in class so I got to read almost non-stop one day. And my students loved hearing excerpts of it as things got suspenseful (without giving away the ending, of course). It was a great book to book talk with middle school students. It’s high interest and fast paced–perfect for reluctant readers.
Shelter is the first in the Mickey Bolitar series and so at the end of the novel there are some loose ends that aren’t tied up. And that drives me crazy. What about the mom? Why did his uncle and dad stop talking all those years ago? Now that Mickey knows the truth, will he join the cause? I hate being left with questions and find it annoying that I can’t read the next book yet. This is exactly why I didn’t read the Hunger Games series until they were all out, so I could devour all of them at the same time instead of waiting months (or years) for the next book.
If you’re someone that can stand waiting for the next book, definitely read Shelter now. Harlan Coben is an adult author who is trying out YA for a change. so I might just have to grab some of his other books while I wait.