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Author: Arsenault, Emily
Publisher: Soho Teen
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781616957827
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

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Popular literary mystery author, Emily Arsenault, has created her debut young adult thriller with a paranormal twist, told through the cynical voice of high school junior Marnie Wells. Marnie is unpopular at school, has a dysfunctional family, but embraces her uniqueness, telling fortunes by reading tea leaves. The readings start to feel real when she does some readings for Matt, a basketball start whose girlfriend disappeared and is under a cloud of suspicion. The slow pacing, hints of romance and convincing twists help build the suspense for the final surprise reveal at the conclusion of this intriguing read. Mature young adult readers will be drawn to this entertaining mystery that may keep them reading late into the night.

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