Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Claim To Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Former child star Lindsay Scott has the ability to hear what anyone is saying about her, at any time, anywhere in the world. But when a tabloid story puts her back in the spotlight, Lindsay is forced to leave the protective quiet of her home and confront the voices outside.

First line:
"I was suppose to be doing my algebra homework that night."

 Lindsay can hear...everything.
That is the premise of the book. I didn't find out until quite a ways into the book what that meant. 
While I enjoyed the writing, I felt I was left hanging. This book could have been double in length with all the character arcs that weren't developed or a plot line suddenly closing. Lindsay had no motivations, no danger, no goals to propel her forward. Unless you count a brief talk with an old lady neighbor or at the very end where a creepy man comes into town and Lindsay's afraid he's a stalker but he turn out to be someone totally different.
Lindsay does come to realize she has kept her 'talent' pushed down and away from her when all the time she had the ability to expand it and use it for good.

Quick, intriguing read. 

Rating: PG
V: No
L: No
S: No

Being able to hear everything 
Safe houses
The writing

Ended too quickly without resolutions
Needed more plot?

2 1/2 STARS

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