Cody's life is pretty good—he's the quarterback of his school's (rather good) football team and has college scouts checking him out, he's just passing all of his classes, and he has the hottest girlfriend, Clea, who is really into him. But then things start to go south pretty fast—Clea is sent to a prep school out east to better prepare her for Ivy League colleges, and their relationship is over. Then Cody tears his ACL, leaving him on the bench for the rest of the season—and maybe even the rest of his career.
Without football as motivation to do well, Cody's barely acceptable grades plummet, and disheartened, he drops out of school. Then comes the worst news of all: Clea has gone missing. Driven by guilt and fear for her safety, Cody heads to her Vermont prep school, desperate to join the search to find her. Without telling anyone who he is, he begins to poke around, looking for clues as to Clea's whereabouts, and doesn't like what he finds. Each dark secret brings him closer to what has happened to Clea, but also closer to danger.
Peter Abraham's Reality Check is a fast-paced and smart mystery that will really hook readers and completely draw them into Cody's world. Cody isn't your average hero, but he is relatable and real, and his emotions, motives, and uncertainties make him a likable character and Reality Check an easy book to get into. The mystery is well thought out and convincing, making it hard to guess the outcome until the very end. Though the ending is a bit abrupt, Reality Check is a riveting and suspenseful read and readers will be happy to follow along with Cody as he regains his self confidence and learns a few things about himself.
Reality Check will be out April 28th, 2009 from HarperTeen.