Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer
The Hubert girls: Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn (ages 17-11) each have distinct personalities. Their family is low on money, their father has been hurt and can't work, and they are being watched. These girls have caught the eye of "the man" who considers them his birds, and spends the time he watches them deciding which one he likes best. This man will change the lives of these girls forever.
I found the premise of the story interesting, and enjoyed the chapters being told in alternating narration from the different sisters, but this book read as though it was set maybe 50 years ago instead of today. Mention of current technology (like blogs) disrupts the story instead of creating setting. The ending seemed almost anti-climatic and I felt as though we are introduced to some of the sisters but their stories are never given a resolution. For me, this is a mild Thumbs down.