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Kid Konnection: Accomplice

November 13, 2010

Finn and Chloe have been best friends for years and as they approach the end of their high school careers, the pressure is on to get into a top rated college.  They’ve done everything right – they’ve made good grades and gotten involved in extracurricular activities, but suddenly, that doesn’t seem like enough.  They’ve got to figure out a way to make themselves stand out from the crowd.

When Chloe reads about Margaret Cook, a young lady who was kidnapped and later found alive, it plants an idea in her head and she comes up with what she thinks is the perfect way to make their college applications rise above the rest.  Finn agrees to help, because no one will get hurt and all she has to do is lie.  She figures that can’t be all that hard, but she finds it more difficult than she ever imagined.

Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan is a YA novel with one of the most unique plots I have read in quite a while.   The story is told from Finn’s point of view and I quickly became attached to her and drawn into the story.  Finn is a great character – she’s a good kid who wants to do right, get into a good college and be a great friend.  She quickly realizes that she’s gotten into more than she bargained for as things get more and more out of hand and she doesn’t know what to do about it or who to turn to.

This book started out as quite the page turner for me, but the pace slowed down considerably by the middle of the book.  Things sped up toward the end, though, and boy, what an ending it was!  There are a lot of layers to the story and I thought about Accomplice for days after I finished it.  There’s a lot to think about and discuss in this book, and I think it would be a great one for teens to read together because it shows how one seemingly harmless mistake can change the rest of their lives, as well as the lives of others.  It’s also a great reminder for adults to see just how much pressure today’s teens are under.

Don’t let the YA label of this book scare you away – this isn’t your typical teen book.  There’s a lot in Accomplice for adults, especially those with a young person in their lives.   This book will really make you think!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 6:35 am

    This sounds good. I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks.

  2. November 13, 2010 6:43 am

    Wow you have my attention. Teens are under a ton of pressure these days. I sometimes feel sorry for them. I’m going to see if this one is available in audio.

  3. November 13, 2010 7:37 am

    It does sound like a good book – and it would make a good movie!

  4. November 13, 2010 7:53 am

    Nice review, perhaps, I am not sure though. When it comes to YA I like it or meh

  5. November 13, 2010 8:22 am

    Great review. I have a copy of this one and I’m tempted to drop everything and read it!

  6. November 13, 2010 8:27 am

    I’ve been thinking about this, because it seems to happen often. When a book drags but then has a knock-out ending, it changes your whole idea of how good or bad the book is. But a good rating doesn’t really express how draggy it is. Haven’t figured out what is best to do yet!

  7. November 13, 2010 9:38 am

    Nice review! I just purchased this used online, so I can’t wait to read it. I love a book with a unique plot line!

  8. November 13, 2010 9:46 am

    Thanks for bringing this one attention Kathy; I don’t read much YA, but your admonition not to be put off by the category has convinced me that this one is worth a look. The story sounds like one that would pull you right in, and having just gone through the college application thing with my daughter last year, the theme of pressure on high school seniors is a theme that resonates with me.

  9. Caitie F permalink
    November 13, 2010 10:41 am

    I hadn’t heard about this one yet, but it sounds like it will be a different YA book! I look forward to reading it!

  10. November 13, 2010 10:52 am

    Oooohhh…sounds like a good one with a different plot than many of the YA books I’ve seen.

  11. November 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    Adding it to my list. Love a plot where a small mistake can be a point of calamity for those who did not think ahead.

  12. November 13, 2010 4:09 pm

    I saw this one at Borders today, I wish I’d read this review before hand because I definitely would have picked it up. Just added it to my wishlist.

  13. November 13, 2010 5:06 pm

    I love books that make teens (and adults) think about the consequences of their actions.

  14. Eireann permalink
    November 13, 2010 5:20 pm

    Hello. I’m the author of Accomplice. Thank you so much for highlighting my novel on your site. I’m grateful for such a thoughtful review and am glad that you enjoyed the ending. And I appreciate the point that adults might also find Accomplice interesting. This truly made my day. Thank you again and best wishes!

  15. November 13, 2010 11:37 pm

    Sounds like a good one – I’m adding it to my TBR list.

  16. November 14, 2010 6:26 pm

    Oh, you got me really interested in this book. I have another one of hers titled ORDINARY GHOSTS that I have lined up to be read for my YA challenge.

  17. November 14, 2010 8:13 pm

    I can only imagine the scheme that they cook up, and it sounds like this would make a great read, both for Melissa and for myself. I am adding this book to my wish list, as your praise on it has made me really eager to try it. I will have to let you know what I think!

  18. givingreadingachance permalink
    November 15, 2010 6:31 pm

    Now, that is definitely a unique plot and very interesting. I cannot imagine what they cook up. i am adding this to my wishlist.
    I think my review of Theodore Boone. Young lawyer by John Grisham is eligible as a YA book for Kid Connection feature. I will link it up and see. Thank you.

  19. November 16, 2010 8:28 pm

    This one sounds so good. I am adding it to my list right now!

  20. November 18, 2010 12:47 pm

    Sounds like a good book.

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