Today, I'm very excited to be bringing you a really great book - Uninvited by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers! As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I wanted to read the book, and it was great! Yay! It's after a long time that I'm reading something that light and funny, yet sensible.
Author: Leah Spiegel, Meg Summers
Publication date: Feb 11, 2012
Genre: YA, Chick Lit
Publication date: Feb 11, 2012
Genre: YA, Chick Lit
When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.High school cliques? Check
Sensible MC? Check (Well, mostly)
Awesome friendships? Check
Hot new mysterious guy that no one knows anything about? Check
Flirting with romance? Check
Do you need anymore reasons to read this book?
I've always wondered, you know, how it would be to write a book along with another person. Obviously, you'll have double the talent and you could split the workload (maybe? I'm not sure) and stuff, but what about the little disagreements that are bound to pop up? You'd have to take another person's opinion into account, and I always wonder how that would work out. Would it affect the quality of the writing?
Well, I got my answer to that last question.
Uninvited was simply amazing! Maybe it was because I'd read a book along these lines after so long, but it just struck a chord within me, with something I hadn't realised I'd been missing all this while. The writing style used in the book is seamless and really brings out the best in each character. I loved that - how each character was projected the best possible way (do note, I dont mean in a positive way).
Alley is a kid with a dry sense of humour, zero fashion consciousness (which is unfortunate since she hangs out with the 'it' girls), and is pretty well grounded for a teenager. Well, mostly, that is. Her best friend, Val, is the complete opposite. A klutz of the highest degree, she's also sweet and slightly feather brained, though everything she does, she doe with a good intention. Oh, and she's gotta be given high points for being the first one to spot the trouble.
One day, soon after school reopens, their friend Kirsten goes missing. No one has any clue where she is, but they know it's definitely not of her own volition, since there's no way she would miss precious little 'Sweet 18' birthday party! Logic points towards the new kid in school who seemed weirdly close to Kirsten - Shane. He may be good-looking, but he's just as annoying and sarcastic. Naming him as a suspect to the police brings no results, so the girls (Alley, Val, Kayla, and Libby) take things into their own hands and turn investigators. Shane's back story holds up, but only barely. There's something very fishy about the guy. For starters, why does he live alone?
The girls 'investigation' makes for some very funny reading, filled with blunders and getting into trouble at every turn. There were so many times I just couldn't hold my laughter in! But soon, things get serious, when they find out that the culprit is probably one of their friends.
Shane makes for a very intriguing character. I wouldn't say there's no one like him in the book world, but the way the authors have fleshed him out worked very well with the entire feel of the story. The chemistry between Alley and Shane is simply off the charts, and it's hilarious how they try to annoy each other to no end! Shane can be ruthless if he wants, but later in the book we see him mellow down a bit, and it was nice to see that side of him as well. I do wish there was more about him in the book though; I really liked him.
The secondary characters in the book are also very entertaining. I liked how the authors gave each of them distinct characters and mannerisms, despite them being only secondary characters, because I see that flaw in a lot of books.
The story has equal parts mystery and humour, so even though it touches on some serious topics, it's still great for light reading.
Bottomline: Filled with humour, intrigue and some amazing verbal footwork (is there even a phrase?), this book will take you back to high school!
About The Authors
Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.
We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.
If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.
If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.
Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.