The HollowBook - 2009
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GWilliams11 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 25
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The Hollow was a good read. The story is about a young girl named Abbey who's best friend has gone missing and then is found dead. Suddenly half her world is gone and she must somehow survive it one day at a time and get though dark feelings of sadness, loneliness and high school alone with no best friend. She soon finds herself in a budding new romance she met a strange boy at the cemetery, which is one of her favorite places, and enjoys his sudden interest in her persona.
I was very interested in the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Kristen (Abbey's best friend), especially since Verday did extremely well conveying Abbey's grief and reluctance to accept the possibility that her best friend was dead, it wasn't just glossed over. I really enjoyed the story but hated the way it ended. I can't wait for book two so I know how it ends, I hate being left hanging.
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead... and rumours fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only perosn who makes Abbey feel normal again...and also speacial.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand kristen's betrayel, she uncovers a frightning truth that nearly unravels her -- one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian as well as her own sanity.
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An empty casket placed into the cold hard ground was supposed to symbolize my b est friends life. it felt vastly inappropriate! - Abby
My stomach somersaulted.... He was here.
He looked up when he heard me getting closer. His smile was beautiful.
"Hey, Abbey." He closed the book and stood up. My answering smile was so wide, it felt like my face would split in two. "Hi, Caspian."
He lifted his other hand and held out a slightly wilted violet to me. "Sorry it' all...rumpled. I picked it for you earlier. They grow all over the place here."
I could feel surprise taking over my entire face as my jaw dropped slightly. I was stunned. I didn't know what to do. He was bringing me flowers?
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