by Eireann Corrigan.
Finn and Chloe have done everything right so far. They've done good in school, participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer, basically have done everything that they have been told that would give them an edge to get into a great college. Which is great. Except what they've done thousands of other people have done. They need to do something that really will set them apart, that will really make colleges want them. So they decided to fake Chloe's kidnapping. Finn will play the devastated friend, and when enough time has gone by (and enough media attention) she will help Chloe 'escape' from her 'imprisonment.' But once the plan is set into action Finn is left to see the devastation their ploy wrecks on everyone she cares about, and is forced to see just how far the consequences of the plan extend.
What I found most interesting, and almost believable, is how far these two girls were willing to go to get an edge on other college applicants. This, more than anything, was the biggest thing that stood out to me. Both girls were responsible and smart students, but the college application process brings out their worst qualities. As outlandish as it is, their plot succeeds in the book, and Finn is left to carry her guilt about deceiving everyone, and ruining a few other peoples futures in the process. It's a good read for teens, any who are going through this process themselves will definitely understand the motives of these girls.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9th-10th Grade