WHEN 15-YEAR-OLD MICK Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: His stepmother is having an affair with a man named Alexander...more
WHEN 15-YEAR-OLD MICK Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: His stepmother is having an affair with a man named Alexander Selkirk. Mick is stunned. Should he tell his father, confront his stepmother, or keep it all to himself? And who, exactly, is Alexander Selkirk? Mick becomes obsessed with the infidelity, in spite of some serious distractions. Distractions like Lisa Doyle, the religious field-hockey player with the coppery red hair. Like the surprising (but appreciated) affections of Myra Vidal, a famously gorgeous college freshman with a secret of her own. And at the moment Mick discovers Selkirk’s true identity, he realizes his problems are all zipped up together—and that he may have to go to drastic lengths to untangle them.“The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story.”—Kirkus Reviews“A well-honed novel. . . . Readers will be sucked in.”—Publishers WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition. less
I wasn't sure how much I would like this book. It falls into "teen" literature, and when that happens I usually find the author is trying too hard. In this case I think the husband and wife duo actually captured some emotions common to the teen experience and did a great job of building tension throughout. This one will grip you.
The writing in this book wasn’t as eloquent, however, its plot did grip me into turning page after page until I stared at the back cover. The romances, and hardships, in this book are compelling and leaves you wondering until the very last page.