DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
The delightful Jones makes a smooth transition to YA in this really fun read. Her kicky dialogue and great characters are super entertaining, and the story unfolds with some surprising twists. Add in some laugh-out-loud moments, a hot hero and a satisfying, but cliffhanger-y, ending and you’ve got a hit.
Lorelai’s parents disappeared 10 years ago, and the upcoming anniversary has her on edge and her best friends on guard. But Lorelai’s distracted. Loner Cameron’s stalking her, and then there’s new guy Jared. He’s hotter than sin (there’s a reason for that), and Lorelai has a vision of him fighting a terrible creature. Soon the boys are beating the crap out of each other, as Lorelai tries to figure out what’s going on. Could it have something to do with her parents’ disappearance? (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Oct., 320 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780312625207, PB, 12 & Up)