Monday, July 9, 2012
Review: You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis
Published: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Synopsis: It's been a year since Luna's mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in New York's East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.
When Luna goes to clean out her mother's old studio, she's stunned to find her mom's cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother's life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she's been told about her mother's death may not be the whole truth.
My Review: If you're looking for a mystery book well keep looking because this book is anything but a mystery.
Luna/Moon/Fifteen is the daughter of a film director and her mother was killed by a car almost a year ago. She's still dealing with losing her mother. She goes to her mother's flat and finds her old cell phone. It has seven messages that lead Luna all around New York. She figures out that her mother was having an affair with someone. Luna enlists the help of her neighbor Oliver and they fall in love. During the entire story Luna is trying to figure out why her mother died.
I picked this book up thinking that it would be a mystery or like the book Thirteen Reasons Why. Boy was I wrong. The main character didn't even have to figure anything out except what she should do about Oliver. She had everything handed to her on a silver platter without working for it. She was a photographer and when she first brought her photos to an agent they automatically accepted them and put them in a show. I could be wrong but I don't think that happens to fifteen year olds.
There was also the fact that even though her mother was having an affair with someone and broke her husband's heart in Luna's eyes she still seemed perfect. To me that's not a good role model.
Luna also conveniently got help as soon as she was stuck. There was no part in the book where I thought she wasn't going to get what she wanted. There wasn't much suspense since she figured out that her mother was having an affair with Cole in the beginning of the book.
Then at the end of the book she went to Italy. I did not like that at all. It wasn't needed and it seemed like it was just there to fill space there was nothing that she did there that couldn't have been done in New York.
I also couldn't relate to Luna. She was always feeling sorry for herself and she was the daughter of a film director. She was a very forgiving character with everyone but her father. She upset with him for almost the entire book because he was lying to her to protect her. I get that he lied to you but it was for your own good Luna.
Anyway I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wants a mystery. It was a quick and easy read and it was good in the beginning.