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Monday, March 19, 2012

Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney

Three Black Swans
by Caroline B. Cooney
Ember (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-73868-2
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: March 27, 2012

Description: Lives are in the balance in bestselling author Caroline B. Cooneys newest young adult thriller, Three Black Swans.

Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends who finish each others sentences and practically read each others minds. Its an eerie connectionso eerie that Missy has questions she wants to put to her parents. But shes afraid to ask. So when Missy hears an expert discussing newborn babies on the radio, it makes her wonder about her family.

Missy just cant let go of those nagging questions, and decides to use a school project about scientific hoaxes to try to uncover the answers. She enlists Claire to help. As part of the project the girls perform a dramatic scene that is captured on video at school. After the video is posted on YouTube, Missy and Claire realize that theyve opened Pandoras box and much more than they ever imagined has come out. Not only are their identities called into question, but so is the future of everyone involved.

In this riveting, heartrending story by thriller author Caroline B. Cooney, the truth changes the lives of three familiesas the bonds of blood must withstand the strains of long-hidden secrets that are at last revealed

The Good Stuff
  • Story is fast paced with plenty of cliffhanger type moments
  • Some interesting ethical questions could be brought up for discussion
  • The three young heroines are likeable and there is some nice character development
  • Liked the relationship between Genevieve and her grandmother
  • Good little mystery, makes you keep guessing what is actually going on
  • I want Genevieve's grandma to be my grandma
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Story jumps arount in terms of point of view which was very confusing
  • One of the main characters of the story isn't introduced till at least a quarter way through the book
  • Believability is way off
  • Genevieve's parents are horrible and not at all believable in their turn around
  • Minor plots are put in that really don't need to be there
  • I think I am just too old for this one so please remember that when deciding wether to read or not. I'm going to pass this one on to my neighbors teenage daughter to see what she thinks
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"But these days, no one kept adoption a secret. If you adopted a baby, you bragged about it. "I chose you," the parents said to their adopted child. "We chose our baby girl," they proudly told other parents."

"A radio sat on a sorting table. It was small and black with a long cord, and probably as old as her mother."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This is one I would suggest would appeal to actual YA readers (those in tween to teen ages) and not to the adult YA reader
  • A good one for reluctant readers
3 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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