Monday, January 25, 2010
"The Long Way Home" by Andrew Klavan
Memory loss. Murder conviction. Foreign terrorists. Charlie West is seventeen and this is the reality of his new life. Alone and on the run, Charlie tries to figure out what really happened in the past year. He doesn't believe that he killed Alex or that he joined a group of terrorists, but did he? Why can't he remember?
Charlie realizes that he has to go back home to find the clues that will prove his innocence. There is one place he feels is safe enough to use as a hide-out, so he heads for "Ghost Mansion." When he finds his friends waiting for him, Charlie gets the much needed boost he has been looking for. But, has he now put them in danger? What about Beth? He can't remember falling in love with her, but as she tells their story, he begins to fall in love again. Will she be a target of the terrorists? What does his Karate teacher, Sensei Mike, have to do with all of this?
"The Long Way Home" is the second installment in a YA series. While I hadn't read the first one, I was able to figure out what was going on. (Now I want to read the first one!) The book contains lessons in trust, faith, and courage that are appropriate for everyday life. I really enjoyed the book and found it to be a quick read. The series would make a great gift for the young adults in your life! I can't wait for the third one to come out in November, 2010!