The Taking by Kimberly Derting


I read several not-so-good reviews about this book, so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. I assumed it was another novel with a good plot description that couldn't follow through. But when I saw it on display at my local library, I decided to check it out. And I am so glad I did.

The Taking by Kimberly Derting was the best book I've read by her. Granted, I've only ever read The Pledge, but this novel blew it out of the water.

Kyra is a normal, softball playing teenager with a cute boyfriend; she has her whole future planned out and is ready to get it started. But when she's headed home after winning the championship game, she gets in a fight with her father and storms out of the car. She runs away from him, into the woods on the side of the highway, and is amerced in a blinding white light.

Kyra comes to at a Gas'n'Sip, thinking she ran away from her father and her home for a night. But soon, she discovers she's been gone for five years. Everyone in her life has moved on; her boyfriend Austin is dating her best friend, her mother has a new child and husband, and her father has gone cuckoo. And none of them seem to care that she's back--except Austin's younger brother Tyler, who is oh so cute now. But soon the evidence begins to stack up to an impossible conclusion: Kyra hasn't changed. At all. She's still sixteen, with the same cavity growing in her tooth. Which begs the question, what happened during those missing five years?

I really enjoyed this book--especially the first half. It was fun and well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were a few flaws, however. Even though Kyra was missing for five years, not a single news crew showed up at her door; that's completely unrealistic. Something like that would be national news. And her mother was completely calloused towards her. You think a mother who's daughter returned after missing for five years would be gushy and incredibly happy; but her mother barely talked to her.

I had no problem with the romance though, which seemed to be the problem for a lot of people. Tyler wasn't twelve anymore, like he was the day Kyra disappeared, and she wasn't 21. They were basically the same age. I did think it was a stretch that she got over Austin so quickly. Before she went missing she was planning her whole life around him, and if she was supposed to feel like she had only been gone for a day, those feelings should have still been there.

In the end, I can't wait for the next book. This plot has its hooks in me now, and I am very eager to find out what happens next.

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