Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. Sydney promises her that that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.
Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she'll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life."
I was very disappointed in this book all the way around. Yeah, I know, not a great review. (SADLY) But this was just too depressing and the characters weren't likable to me. The main character came off so bitchy and snotty, stole money, let someone else take the blame, and then it just got worse from there. I can see a character doing this, and during the book, watch her redeem herself, grow, progress... something!! But the romance seemed off and it all just rubbed me the wrong way. I think it was too short, and rushed together. Maybe if it were written longer, there would be more room for character development and growth. This had a great storyline, but I don't feel as though the author used it to it's full potential.
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