Friday, January 27, 2012

Review: Dead to You by Lisa McMann


Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...


Publication date: February 7th 2012 by Simon Pulse

The Elliott Review:

This is the story of Ethan's struggles as he is renewed with his family after a long period of time. His brother is angry with him for getting in the car with his abductors all those years ago and has a vendetta against him throughout the story. Ethan's own anxieties and hang ups further complicate family life to the point that the family is in a very rocky place.

Ethan doesn't remember anything from when he lived with his family, and he strives to recover this as he interacts with old friends and the people of his small town. Everything is complicated and difficult, leaving Ethan feeling like he doesn't belong. He also has varying memories about life with the woman who took him, and he can't help but feel toward her like he would toward his actual mother, which just adds even more complications into the mix.

This is a very interesting book, a quick read that delves into the psychology of what it is like to try to fit into your own family. The ending is a big cliffhanger that will leave readers gasping.

Young Adult Notes:

Mild language, sensitive topics.

Source: Borrowed


  1. the ending was like, "AHHHHHHHHH!!" for me, but honestly I LOVED the ending and I wouldn't want it changed for anything.

  2. I love the psychology aspect of this premise I have had it on my wishlist forever it's about time it comes out!!! :D

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