Review of Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

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? She manages to wangle a trip across the Atlantic where she runs away to try and find the truth. But the circumstances of her disappearance are murky and Lauren's kidnappers are still at large and willing to do anything to keep her silent…

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Girl, Missing certainly made for some interesting reading. It was much bigger than I expected it to be, I was expecting a simple 'Girl Finds Mother' story, not too different from Dustbin Baby. There's a lot more to this though, involving travelling to America, running away, breaking into a building, getting kidnapped, you name it.

Lauren and Jam make a good team. While she single mindedly searches for her parents, he keeps a level head and attempts to make sure she doesn't do anything too stupid. Which doesn't work too well, as Lauren is very self centered and whines. A lot. You can easily understand why Jam gets so frustrated with her at times and walks off - I think I would have done too! 

Unsurprisingly, this story is a but far-fetched. I felt my eyebrow raising itself on more than one occaision and I cannot understand why people think this book is so amazing. It is aimed at 11+ but still. Really silly storyline, one you'd only find on a soap opera. I cannot see myself reading the second book, as the storyline sounds even more ridiculous. The story is certainly worth the read if you're bored one afternoon though and I thought it was a lot of fun in places!

3/5

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