Estelle: Find Me by Romily Bernard

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Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 307
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: hacking, death, foster family, sisters
Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!)

Summary: Wick likes to live under the radar, working as a hacker to ensure that her and her sister are never left uncared for again. But when a classmate commits suicide and her diary is left on Wick’s doorstep, Wick can’t help but solve this mystery, especially when her sister could be in danger next.

It’s funny how you point out the absense of one particular situation in books (foster homes!) and all of a sudden they are popping up everywhere. Wick and her younger sister Lily are currently living with Bren and Todd, a picture perfect couple who is anxious to clean up the messy past of the girls and make them a part of the family.

With a drug dealer dad and a mom who committed suicide, Wick doesn’t have much faith in most people and as extra security for her and her sister, she manuevers the web and investigates suspicious behavior for wives, jealous girlfriends, and whoever will wire her money. She’s a supreme hacker and finds comfort in her secret business; no matter what she knows that her and Lily will always be okay.

Even so, nothing feels entirely safe. Wick knows her dad is still out there somewhere and the possibility of him summoning her is too real. Then there’s the cop who is constantly monitoring her house, and the sudden death of her ex-friend, Tessa. The emotions hit close to home when Tessa’s diary lands on her doorstep with a note simply stating “Find Me.”

Though Wick isn’t immediately okay with using her hacking skills to solve this particular mystery, she feels surprisingly protective of her old friend. The stakes are built even higher when Wick realizes her sister could be the next likely candidate. So not only must she get to the bottom of this, but she’s roped into another project for her dad and his hoodlum friends. Honestly this girl is so busy I don’t know how she had time for anything else.

Find Me kept my attention because I wanted to know just how Wick would solve the case. Could she keep her sister protected? I had a pretty strong inkling from early on about the villain (I guessed right), and Bernard did a great job of making the hacking details seem accessible. (I wasn’t confused! Yay!) Unfortunately, I felt pretty disconnected from Wick and I wished the reader got more than a few lines of Tessa’s diary. I’m also very big on dialogue on a book. It helps me to picture people and understand them, and many of my feelings were lost because I didn’t have enough interaction between the characters.

Still, I did admire Wick for all of her protectiveness and it was interesting to see how she handled not always being in control.

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