Monday, January 12, 2009

When Lightening Strikes: the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU Series by Meg Cabot

Jess Mastriana was misunderstood by her teachers and had a crush on the local bad boy, but that didnt mean she was trouble. But trouble found her when she survived a lightning strike and descovered that a newfound talent had been bestowed upon her.

Now, whenever she sees a picture of a missing child, Jess knows exactly where he or she is when she wakes up the next morning. Reuniting lost children with their deperate parents is one thing, but Jess must choose whether to use her power for good. . . or for evil.

What i thought: When Lightning Strikes was a great start to this fantastic series. Filled with laugh-out-loud-humor, Jess tells her story in a tone of sarcasm and wit.

I personally loved the character Jess the most out of the entire story, and felt her personality really helped the story flow. Jessica Mastriana was often rather sarcastic, and it was very enjoyable, reading words that honestly seemed to be coming from an every-day teenager in Indiana. Jess, similar to Suze in the Mediator Series and Tally in the Uglies series, often tried to hide her true feelings, and was pretty good at it. Jess, like Suze, was never afraid to throw a punch, although punching wasnt always nessecary. She would often display her feelings through violence, and i feel this really helped formed her personality. . . helped you get to know her better. Jess, even with the odd powers, was very realistic and her feelings were really easy to relate to.

Jess is a typical teen with problems both at school and at home -- for example, her brother is mentally ill, and her mother insists that she and Jess dress alike. Understandably, when Jess finds herself with psychic ability, she is confused and doesn't know what to do. The exciting pace of the novel will have readers entranced with unfolding events, much like an action adventure movie.

Elements of romance and other relationship issues round out the plot to let readers see all sides of Jess and her family, as well as offering a bit of a breather from the intense action. Meg Cabot writes with her trademark style, utilizing familiar teen language and behavior. Fans will want to pick up other books in the series, and also check out the Lifetime television series, 1-800-MISSING, which is based on characters from the book.

This book is filled with undeniable suspense and humor. Although not as great as the Mediator series, i think it falls under the same category.

if you do not have access to a bookstore currently, click here to read the book online for free!!! I am not sure whether or not this works out of the U.S., but might as well give it a try!

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2 comments:

TruNerd said...

by the way, you can go onto www.megcabot.com to find out more about this series (others, too), and read an excerpt!

Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting, but I'm confused. On here it says that the book is by Meg Cabot. But when I looked it up in the library, I found a book by the same title, same 1-800-where-r-you, same story summary... but it says that it's by a lady called Jenny Carroll. What's that all about?

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