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The Summer She Went Missing

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First, I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this ARC.

This is a fast paced story that keeps you interested from the first lie. I enjoyed the alternating point of view's and the timelines. The twists were hard to predict and was extremely suspenseful. I will recommend this for students in my classroom.

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I think the overall plot was good, but it was let down by the pace and the characters. I don't really feel I ever knew who Paige and Noah were, beyond their desire to find out what happened and a bit of a rushed relationship. I would say it doesn't really pick up until after 50% and it's only the fact I do want to find out what happened that kept me reading. The ending was satisfying, I'll give it that!

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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"Last summer, they searched for Audrey Covington. This summer, they'll search for the truth."

Paige has it made. Summers spent with her best friend, Audrey, who just happens to have a hot (and funny and smart and kind) older brother named Dylan, who just might be interested in something more this summer. But then Audrey disappears. And Paige and Dylan HAVE to find out the truth of what happened and where Audrey went.

This was a fun, fast summer read and I really enjoyed it. Summer romance meets thriller. I liked the characters and the relationships and would absolutely read whatever Chelsea Ichaso comes up with next.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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I feel like it had been a while since I've had a good YA thriller, and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'll be honest, I didn't know much about the book when I requested it on Netgalley, but I was quite curious once I read the summary. 
I struggled a bit with Part One, which takes place the summer Audrey disappears, and I think it was because it took a bit of time to really see to get into the mystery of Audrey's disappearance. Part one does spend a good chunk of the time on Paige and Dylan's relationship, which wasn't what I was looking for at first, but once part 2 started, I was hooked.
The Summer She Went Missing is the kind of book that I find harder to talk about, because I don't want to spoil anything. Once Paige and Dylan strart looking into the disappearance of Audrey, that's where the story got interesting for me, but also where the twists start happening, and I don't want to ruin them for anyone.
Overall, it was a solid read, and it was a really enjoyable book. If you are looking for a YA thriller, I think it is definitely worth checking out. I know I will go and probably rad some of Chelsea Ichaso's other books.

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Last summer, Paige's best friend Audrey went missing. This summer, Paige and Audrey's brother/Paige's love interest, Dylan, work together to investigate what happened to Audrey and try to bring her back alive.

I thought overall this was a good YA mystery/thriller! I do think the first half was a little more fast paced than the second half. I also think the whodunit was a smidge out of nowhere (at least half of it). Besides that, it was still decently fast paced and intriguing!

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I highly recommend this mystery for young adults!

16yo Paige and 16yo Audrey are summertime best friends. Paige is looking forward to seeing Audrey and 18yo Dylan, Paige’s long time crush, this summer when they all arrive at Clearwater Ridge. Audrey starts off the summer by talking about jobs and her goal to save enough money to buy her own horse, since she’s always wanted one and spends so much time at the equestrian club. Since Audrey is busy and growing distant, Paige and Dylan get to spend more time together. One summer night, Audrey never returns home and she becomes a missing person case and a year later there’s still no evidence or help in finding her. Dylan and Paige take it upon themselves to find Audrey and the deeper they dig, the more dangerous the situation becomes.

Likes/dislikes:
Mature Content: PG-13 for underage drinking.
Language: R for 61 swears and no f-words.
Violence: PG-13 for bloody death and abuse.
Ethnicity: predominantly white.

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Quintessential YA thriller. This book is so much fun and so gripping. I think teen readers will like this book, where the younger characters mostly feel like actual teenagers. Summer vacation thrillers are always a good time, and this one that deals with class and status -- plus societal misogyny -- is especially good.

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A YA mystery that is a wonderful read for all. It definitely follows a great mystery plotline and the characters were well-written to support the story.

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While I enjoyed this book, it felt more YA than I expected. I requested it based on the title and cover. It was a quick read and I couldn’t put it down. The ending felt slightly rushed to me. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who enjoy YA and thrillers.

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This was an interesting YA mystery/thriller, with an unexpected twist.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

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I have been provided with a review copy of this title from NetGalley for an impartial review. I was just drawn into this wonderful story and I just couldn’t get enough of it. It was just so easy to get lost in this great story. I just didn’t want it to end. I just lost myself in and I just couldn’t get enough of these interesting characters. I can’t wait to see what’s next from this author.

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Summary: Paige Redmond has always felt lucky to spend her summers in Clearwater Ridge, with lazy days sunning at the waterfalls and nights partying at the sprawling houses of the rich families who vacation there. The Covingtons are one of these families, and beautiful, brilliant Audrey Covington is Paige’s best friend. And last year, when Audrey’s crush-worthy brother Dylan finally started noticing Paige, she was sure it would be the best summer ever.

Except Audrey didn’t seem quite like herself. Then one night, she didn’t come home. Though Audrey wasn’t the first girl to disappear in Clearwater Ridge, she left behind more lies than clues. Now, one summer later, her case has gone cold, and nobody, least of all Paige, can make sense of what happened.

When Paige stumbles across a secret hidden in Audrey’s room, however, it changes everything she thought she knew about last summer. She and Dylan set out on their own investigation, discovering things even the police don’t know about the people of Clearwater Ridge. But tracking down missing girls—girls who might be beyond saving by now—means entering a world far darker than Paige has ever imagined. And if she isn’t careful, she’ll become the next girl to vanish.
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My thoughts: Thank you @netgalley and @sourcebooks for the advanced copy, this YA thriller came out earlier this month! I loved the audio of this one, I thought the narrator was fantastic. Overall I thought the story was good but not great. It was a quick mystery. I like how it was divided into almost two books. I figured out who the villian was pretty easily and found the protagonist to be annoying at times. This one felt very YA to me in some parts. But this one would be a quick summer/spring thriller for me to read on the beach. Overall it was good but not great!
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Paige loved spending her summers in Clearwater Ridge with her best friend, Audrey and her crush Dylan. Her parents were best friends with their parents and the Covington's had a great beach house. Then Audrey goes missing and they can't find her. The next summer is the worst and Paige doesn't even want to go. But they have to be there for their friends so Paige's family goes back. Soon Dylan and Paige find something the cops missed.
I honestly didn't even realize this was a YA novel until I finished it and read the synopsis I usually don't read why however this was really good very fast paced and suspenseful without being scary. I was really surprised how much time had gone by when I finished the book. I loved every minute of it

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I loved this YA thriller. They kept me guessing throughout the whole book. It was really fast paced. The characters were terrific. I love the dynamic between Paige and Dylan. It was a weird situation and I liked how the book was split up. I think it added a nice weight (and wait hah) to the story.

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I finished this in one night because a) it was a fast read but also because b)I could not put it down! This is perfect for fans of “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” or Veronica Mars. I never saw who did it coming, but at the same time it didn’t feel like it came out of left field which is sometimes the case with books like this. I cannot wait for the summer to read this again by the pool.

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Many thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire, Sourcebooks Fire for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was slow to get into. Although, it had the twists and turns I liked throughout, it really didn't get "good" until the end. I think the pacing was just off. I felt like nothing was really happening. I think another thing is that I wasn't sold on the characters. I didn't feel like I really knew them. I am glad I stuck with it though because I did like the ending. It was a little unbelievable but I liked how it brought out the "thrilling" part of the thriller.

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The summer she went missing is an enjoyable YA read. An annual summer getaway for Paige Redmond and het family with the Covington family. There’s missing girls, romance and rich kids. A fun read for suspense YA readers who like to unravel mysteries.

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Title: The Summer She Went Missing
Author: Chelsea Ichaso
Genre: YA
Rating: 4 out of 5

Last summer, they searched for Audrey Covington.

This summer, they'll search for the truth.

Paige Redmond has always felt lucky to spend her summers in Clearwater Ridge, with lazy days sunning at the waterfalls and nights partying at the sprawling houses of the rich families who vacation there. The Covingtons are one of these families, and beautiful, brilliant Audrey Covington is Paige's best friend. And last year, when Audrey's crush-worthy brother Dylan finally started noticing Paige, she was sure it would be the best summer ever.

Except Audrey didn't seem quite like herself. Then one night, she didn't come home. Though Audrey wasn't the first girl to disappear in Clearwater Ridge, she left behind more lies than clues. Now, one summer later, her case has gone cold, and nobody, least of all Paige, can make sense of what happened.

When Paige stumbles across a secret hidden in Audrey's room, however, it changes everything she thought she knew about last summer. She and Dylan set out on their own investigation, discovering things even the police don't know about the people of Clearwater Ridge. But tracking down missing girls—girls who might be beyond saving by now—means entering a world far darker than Paige has ever imagined. And if she isn't careful, she'll become the next girl to vanish.

I was drawn into this story from the very beginning! I do love YA novels, so there’s that, and the whole crush-on-her-best-friend’s-brother trope is usually a good one, so I was there for it. I actually enjoyed how the rich/not-rich dichotomy played out---and how not all the rich kids were jerks. The mystery was well done, and I did not figure out what was really going on until the reveal, so extra points for that.

Chelsea Ichaso lives in California. The Summer She Went Missing is her newest novel.

(Galley courtesy of Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.)

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Audrey goes missing last summer and her best friend and brother are determined to figure out where she went. This one was slow to get into. I thought about quitting a few times but I'm glad I didn't. The story wanted to be twisty and turny but just ended up being far fetched and not believable. The pace picked up about 3/4 into the book.

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4.5 stars

Ichaso delivers a twisty thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat! I finished this in one sitting because I absolutely had to know the end. Little by little I pieced together what was happening, but that didn’t make it any less thrilling or terrifying. Sometimes figuring out who the killer is beforehand can be kind of a bummer, but in this case I was excited as we still didn’t know what the full plan was. 😊

I also really enjoyed the main characters in this book. 🤍

Paige is shy, but very mature and helps ease tense moments with a wise crack or a quote from an old-timey crime film. Her determination and grit are definitely what makes her shine.

Dylan is the care-free one until his sister goes missing. Then he’s the responsible and level-headed kid just trying to make it till college. I found his protectiveness over Paige and clear love for her to be very sweet.

Audrey, the girl who goes missing, is wild and bossy. She’s the type of girl you don’t forget and want to impress upon meeting her. I loved her tenacity and appreciated her resilience throughout the book.

While this book involves murder, kidnapping, and assault, it’s really about the love we have for our people and what one friend is willing to do to find out the truth. I highly recommend this young adult thriller. I think it will pleasantly surprise you!

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