Tessa’s best friend, Noelle, was kidnapped in 8th grade. When Noelle disappeared, so did a piece of Tessa. One day, two years later, Noelle finds a way to escape. The man who had kidnapped her, Charlie, is arrested and put in jail where he is subsequently stabbed and killed by a kitchen worker. Reporters from all over the world bombard Noelle with questions, but mainly they want to know why she didn’t escape before now. Noelle, who now calls herself Elle, has changed, and in spite of not wanting anything to do with her old friends and her old life, Tessa finds a way to help break through to her. During the process, however, Tessa has to come to grips with the reality of who Noelle/Elle has become. Tessa’s boyfriend, Max, ensures that she doesn’t lose herself by putting Noelle and her needs ahead of her own.
This book was a fantastic read. It was a real page-turner.
Recommended for grades 9-12.