At the age of 16, it's standard procedure for every girl at Lynnie Russo's posh Los Angeles prep school to get a car. So on her 16th birthday, Lynnie is startled when she opens the small gift box from her father--it doesn't contain the shiny new set of keys she was expecting. Instead she finds a worn-out bird charm bracelet. What can he be thinking? When she cuts school to go try surfing so as to have a special day, instead of grounding her, her father hands her a manuscript box and says, "Your mother wanted you to have this when it seemed you were losing perspective. I think now's the time."
Through "The Noah Confessions," Lynnie uncovers her family's secrets, loves, and tragedies, and comes to recognize that their past may not necessarily determine her future.
Part murder mystery, part family drama, this fast-paced read is the eighth novel by the creator of the now defunct TV series Joan of Arcadia. For her 16th birthday, Lynnie Russo assumed she'd receive a car, like all the girls at her snooty Los Angeles prep school. So when her father gives her one of her dead mother's charm bracelets along with a mysterious letter she had written to a man named "Noah" when she was 16 herself, Lynnie is shocked-and sorely disappointed. But she soon realizes that there is more to the gift-and to her family's history-than she could have imagined. Soon Lynnie discovers that "Noah" is really her father, and as she reads more of her mother's letter, she is confronted with a grotesque secret: "My grandfather was a murderer. He killed a girl with his bare hands. My mother saw it. She never told anyone. Except Noah." Hall's knack for spinning a suspenseful tale is evident; she ably uses both the letter and an extended flashback from Lynnie's father's perspective as tools to delve into Lynnie's psyche and showcase her vulnerability. A few scenes verge on the overly campy (including a dream sequence involving Lynnie and her deceased mother), but readers will gladly gloss over them to get to the good stuff. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers
May 07, 2007
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