Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Review: Favorite by Karen McQuestion

Title: Favorite
Author: Karen McQuestion
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Paperback, 162 pages
Date Published: April 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Angie Favorite was just eleven years old when her mother disappeared, leaving Angie and her brother Jason to be raised by their grandmother while their rock-star father hit the road with his band. Since that day, Angie has gone through the motions of everyday life. She thinks she has everyone fooled — until the summer morning when she’s abducted from a mall parking lot. She narrowly escapes and her attacker, Scott Bittner, is arrested, but the weirdness has just begun. When Angie receives a letter from Scott’s mother, entreating her to meet so that she can apologize for her son’s actions, the girl reluctantly agrees. But it is soon obvious that Scott’s attack wasn’t random at all and that there is more to the strange Mrs. Bittner than meets the eye. In fact, she may hold the key to Angie’s mother’s disappearance. Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young-adult novel from a captivating author.
Favorite is a very, very short novel, but Karen McQuestion packs a lot into its 160 pages. The plot is interesting enough – missing mother, attacked daughter, creepy mother to the attacker being all sweet and ‘let’s get to know each other and I’ll do something to make the fact that my son attacked you and left you unconscious with a fractured skull all better’ – and Karen McQuestion knows how to ramp up the action.

The story starts off right with the attack and from there, the reader travels along with 16 year old Angel, Angie, Favorite as she muddles through what happened to her, how it relates to her mother’s disappearance five years ago, and why her attacker’s mother is so eager to make things up to her. Angie is a fun character to be around. Maybe fun isn’t the right word. She’s more…blunt and sarcastic. She doesn’t want to be around Mrs. Bittner, her attacker’s mother, and she’s not afraid to say so. Her thought process was, at times, a bit juvenile, but put in her situation, I could see myself acting the same.

Karen McQuestion drops a good deal of suspense and mystery into Angie’s story, layering years of unanswered questions into a seemingly cut and dry plotline. Most of the time, I thought I knew what was going to happen and who was responsible, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was dead wrong. I would have liked the secondary characters to be a bit more fleshed out, but they all still played their roles well. Some are caring and kind, others are total creepsters, and then there are a few who never really get the time to be anyone, but who Angie thinks they are.

If the story had been longer, more could have been done with the secondary characters, but Favorite is still well worth the read. If you’re looking for some mystery and suspense, with a nice dose of crazy, then this is the book for you.

Opening line: My dad claims to be psychic. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: “She feels responsible.”
“Well, so sorry about that.” I didn’t even try to hide the sarcasm. “But if she thinks this is going to be a Lifetime movie where I forgive her and we both cry and hug and make our peace with the situation, she’s got another thing coming.” ~ pg. 41
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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3 comments:

LiLi said...

Like your review! I'm thinking of buying my own copy since it sounds so intriguing. :)

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm glad to see you liked this as it is in my review pile. You've definitely got me even more excited to read it. :D

~Briana

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

LiLi - I hope you get a chance to read it. It's pretty short, but really good. And, if you have a Kindle, you can get it for $2.99.

The Book Pixie - Enjoy, Briana :)

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