Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m back for another book review and I’ll be reviewing ‘Girl, Missing’ by Sophie McKenzie – let’s jump into it (some spoilers ahead!)
Girl, Missing received some great reviews such as 3.9/5 Stars on Goodreads as well as an excellent 5/5 Star rating from Waterstones. It also achieved many awards such as the 2007 Red House Children’s Book Award for Older Readers!
Girl, Missing was a book that I struggled to put down – and that’s something I don’t say very often! The book is about a young girl named Lauren McCarthy who has been adopted and after being given an assignment from school called ‘Who Am I?’ she is keen to know about her birth parents albeit her adopted parents don’t. Lauren discovers a website with many missing children and after doing an intense Google search she finds a girl on the website called Martha Lauren Purditt, that could be her.
Although this book was published in 2006, it has many themes in it which are very relevant in today’s society, one of the biggest ones being: Human Trafficking and Abduction . This is mentioned indirectly in the book several times as Lauren believes she was kidnapped and sold as a baby. Unfortunately, even in 2021 (15 years after this book was published) children and teenagers going missing is still a major issue and I think this book addresses this topic quite well.
On a slightly more positive note, my favourite part of the book is the aspect of family! Towards the end, Lauren does find her birth parents but also realises she needs her adoptive ones too. When she’s forced to choose, she chooses both families and ends up making it work! This part made me so emotional when reading it as it proves that everyone does have family, it’s just whether you choose to open your eyes and see them!
This book was such a captivating yet emotional read, I’d definitely recommend it to someone who wants to read more mystery books, but not too dark!
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?
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