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The Compulsive Reader: Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams


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.

17 comments:

Happy Hugs said...

I didn't think it would be that way from the cover, but it seems better than it looks. I'm not much into "perfect" people, but this might be something I might actual wait to read!

Anonymous said...

this one looks good--like the cover.

i'm curious--how many bookshelves do you have?

Anonymous said...

I have read this book and I highly recommend it.

lou said...

I am a teen who does not like reading, but this book has a good pace and has a great style that keeps you at the edge of your seat. loved it and highly recommend

Anonymous said...

this book was horrible. the author flips around the point of view that he's telling the story from, and the only remotely entertaining part about it was the ending. he drags on a mediocre story that is rather overused and could find in a handful of books and movies. this was worse than having a root canal performed. DO NOT READ IT

Anonymous said...

this book is a great read! I found i could not put the book down.

Anonymous said...

i hate reading but i loved this book

Anonymous said...

havent read this book but the summary and these comments sure sound interesting:)

Anonymous said...

haven't read this book but the summary and these comments sure sound interesting:)

Anonymous said...

haven't read this book but the summary and these comments sure sound interesting:)

Anonymous said...

If you are an avid reader,you will hate this book,it's incredibly boring and the plot drags the entire time.
If you don't read often then you'll enjoy it because it strings you along until the end,which is the only part of the book that caught my attention.

Grace said...

im an average reader and i could NOT put this book down!!! its the best ive read in a long time. i stayed up until one thirty reading it, and it stayed up all night thinking about it. i highly recommend it:)

Anonymous said...

I'm a middle school Language Arts teacher so I'm always reading through Young Adult Literature. This is the fourth Peter Abraham's I've read and I must say I was a much greater fan of the Echo Falls series.

Cody was an interesting character and I enjoyed his development. There were interesting aspects and specific scenes in the novel I enjoyed, but overall it didn't do it for me like the other ones. The plot plodded along painfully in places.

That being said, I certainly can think of a few of my students who this would be a perfect read for. I think it just depends on preference. I think the person two comments above me really pinned this: If you are an avid reader you will be bored with this; you'll want more to be happening!

I would recommend picking up the Echo Falls books before this one which begins with "Down the Rabbit Hole". I really enjoyed comparing Cody to Ingrid's character in these novels. What I enjoyed most about reading "Reality Check" was comparing Cody to Ingrid. There were several times where I was expecting something else to happen and Cody to do something different. All I could think was, "Whoa, Cody decided to do that? No, no.. Ingrid would have definitely done this instead"

anonomis said...

i was reading the book but did not get to finish! who killed clea? please can anyone respond to my question?!

F.K.C said...

I recently read this book for the 100th time and it is fantastic. The author really added lots of suspense and questions throughout the book. Thsi book is a postivie read if your the type of reader that will sit and think through the whole book!
-F.K.C

Shawnuir Keslaing said...

This book was wonderful! Awesome Read!

Anonymous said...

This book is awful! Truly awful!
That may be coming from me simply because I prefer books that are driven more by character relationships and development as opposed to plots, but Cody was the blandest character I have ever encountered! He never had a single unique or creative thought, never spoke with words that used more than a single syllable, and never displayed any emotion that actually intrigued me and made me care about him. Clea was an unrealistically perfect character, and Cody was an unrealistically one-sided one. They were both undeveloped stock characters that have appeared in literature since the dawn of time, and I'm tired of them. Perhaps if the plot had at least been interesting, it would have compensated for such dismal characters, but no! The plot drags on through every predictable motion possible and presents every situation too conveniently - everything worked out much too well. And the ending was simply ridiculous. All in all, a horrible excuse for a novel.