The Lost & Found

352p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062231208.
Gr 7–10—Louis and Frannie, two teens who meet in an online support group for trauma survivors, have an odd tendency to lose things—in the trunk of a car, off their desks when their backs are turned, and in other bewildering ways. Though they only know each other through the web—they don't even use their real names—they each receive a package in the mail that has them taking off on a road trip to Texas to find each other. This is a beautiful exploration of loss in many forms and the emotional toll it can take on those who are affected. Quirky, endearing, and believable characters propel a narrative that pulls readers in with every mile of the road trip. The unusual aspect of disappearing objects plays wonderfully into the story, and, rather than being a distraction, it serves as a driving force that expands the deeper themes. Strong and multilayered characterization adds complexity and authenticity to the storytelling. There is a subtle examination of the healing benefits of therapy, and readers will come away with the knowledge that people are much more than they appear.
VERDICT An emotional journey that's well worth the ride.

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