- Title: The Night I Disappeared
- Author: Julie Reece Deaver
- Released: 2004-08-30
- Pages: 242
- ISBN: 0606299254
- ISBN13: 978-0606299251
- ASIN: 0606299254
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal Grade 8 Up-Jamie Tessman's widowed mother is a powerful attorney, currently working to defend a young woman accused of killing her stepfather. The Tessmans live in Monterey, CA, but the case and trial are in Chicago, so they move there for the summer. Jamie is distraught at having to say good-bye to her dearest friend, Webb, a young man who seems always to be there for her. In Chicago, Jamie is shocked to find herself in a bike accident that was caused, apparently, by nothing except her own lack of awareness of her surroundings. In the emergency room, where she needs only minor patching, she meets Morgan, a girl a year older than herself, and, in the following days, Jamie develops the first friendship she remembers having with someone other than Webb. However, her states of clouded awareness become supplemented by panic attacks and soon her mother acquires psychiatric intervention for her. The psychiatrist is Morgan's aunt, a warm but efficient clinician who, very quickly, is able to establish the truth about Webb's existence and the terrifying trauma at the root of Jamie's emotional distress. Deaver has plotted this tale tightly and there are details to appeal to many reader interests-some suspense, some female bonding, even gourmet food. The psychiatric treatment is incredibly facile and speedy and Jamie's mother runs hot and cold by turns. However, this story goes beyond simplistic light reading to offer glimpses at such issues as how emotions can protect us and how we grow through different stages of recognizing truths in appearances.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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