The Girl I Used to Be
The Girl I Used to Be

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Annotation: When her mother was killed fourteen years ago, Olivia's father disappeared, becoming the prime suspect. Now, it is discovered that he was murdered as well--and Olivia must track down the killer before she becomes the next victim.
Catalog Number: #138135
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 229 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-11523-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-97053-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-11523-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97053-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015026176
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
After murdering her mother, three-year-old Olivia's father dropped her off at a Walmart and drove to the airport, leaving scandal and anguish in his wake least that's what Olivia always thought. Now 17, she learns some astonishing news. Bone evidence indicates that Olivia's father did not kill her mother but, rather, died at the same time. Intrigued, Olivia travels back to her childhood hometown to attend her father's memorial service. Moving into town and hoping to conceal her real identity, Olivia grows desperate for the truth as semifamiliar people and places reveal new details of her parents' past, including jealous exes and conniving schoolmates. Gradually, however, her own fragmented memories threaten to lead her to the killer, which puts Olivia in grave danger. With her straightforward thrillers, Henry has carved a welcome niche for herself in young adult literature, thanks to her great instinct for intriguing plots, likable characters, and fast-paced action. The short chapters with cliff-hanger endings, not to mention the juicy plot, will keep readers engaged to the end.
Publishers Weekly
New evidence makes a teenager rethink everything she knows about her mother-s murder in Henry-s (Blood Will Tell) underwhelming thriller. At age three, Ariel Benson was the only witness to her mother-s stabbing, a crime everyone believed Ariel-s father committed, before he disappeared. Left in a Walmart hundreds of miles from the crime scene, Ariel bounced around the foster care system and, thanks to a failed adoption, became Olivia Reinhart, and an emancipated minor by 17. Olivia is working a dead-end job in Portland, Ore., when the cops arrive to tell her they have found her father-s remains in the same woods where her mother died, leading them to believe the couple died at the same time. Olivia launches her own unofficial investigation and heads to the small Oregon town of Medford, where every old acquaintance of her parents could be a killer. Predictably, there-s a cute and helpful boy, a slow unpacking of dormant memories, and a shoal of red herrings, but dry narration and underdeveloped characters do little to elevate this whodunit. Ages 12-up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (May)

Voice of Youth Advocates
When Olivia was younger, her mother was murdered, and everyone believed her father did it. Fourteen years later, her father's body is found and it appears he was murdered at the same time her mother was. That means that the person who killed both of her parents is still out there. Olivia is determined to figure out who killed her parents, while she also knows she is in danger because the killer may track her down. Olivia is haunted by flickers of memories that seem to give her images of what happened that day, but she does not believe she can trust those memories.áDanger, suspicion, and remorse fill her as she tries to figure out the truth.áHenry has done it again with another edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller.áThe first scene begins with Olivia running from a killer while handcuffed.á The story follows with flashbacks of what led her to that dangerous scene. Adult readers of this book may read with skepticism as some of the details of the story are unrealistic; however, this will not deter adolescent readers. This is recommended for middle school and high school mystery/thriller/suspense collections and for April Henry fans.Dianna Geers.
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Word Count: 52,851
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 184262 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.8 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q70337
Lexile: HL660L

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel The Girl I Used to Be is another thrilling murder-mystery that'll have you on the edge of your seat from the New York Times -bestselling author April Henry, the author of the Point Last Seen series, Girl, Stolen , and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die . Olivia was only three years old when her mother was killed and everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia's father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there's a killer still at large. Now Olivia is determined to uncover who that might be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first? This title has Common Core connections. " Henry has done it again with another edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller. Recommended for middle school and high school mystery/thriller/suspense collections and for April Henry fans." -- VOYA, starred review

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