Read + Review – Life Before by Michele Bacon

life-beforeXander Fife has a normal seventeen year old life. He plans for an extraordinary summer of soccer, partying with friends, and a road trip before they all go separate ways for college. His family’s deep secrets get exposed, and Xander is in grave danger. Skipping from town to town, Xander assumes a new identity and his plans for the summer becomes his life before.
I like the suspense and thrilling adventure. The plot twists make this book come alive. Friendship, death, and romance are pieces of importance throughout this action-packed novel. I disliked the part when Xander got attracted to a new girl. It pulled away from the fast paced momentum that the author was building up. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot, and I hope that there will be a sequel.
One memorable thing about this book was the motif of independence. Xander had to get food and shelter by himself in a completely new city where he knew no one. He had to think for himself and live on his own.
four stars

 

Reviewed by Nikhil, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

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