Nearly Gone: Book summary and reviews of Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Gone

by Elle Cosimano

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Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
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Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school - a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance... on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon - she'll be next.

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"Starred Review. Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller that will have teens chomping at the bit to get to the end." - School Library Journal

"Nearly's psychometric ability to glean emotions through touch is somewhat underexploited, and some of the clues are so blatant it's a wonder she overlooks them. Nevertheless, this is a good choice. Ages 14 & up." - Publishers Weekly

"Tense and engaging - well worth the effort of suspending one's disbelief." - Kirkus

"A suspenseful page-turner that will leave teens on the edge of their seats. Cosimano's character development makes almost everyone a suspect." - VOYA

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Mikhal Cannot

Nearly Gone was "Nearly" impossible to put down.
Before picking up this book, I looked at the cover and though, "wow, this girl is sweating a lot." But as I opened up the novel, and devoured the murderous YA Thriller, I realized that if I were in Nearly's position, I'd sweat that much too.

Nearly was a really hard protagonist to like. I started out with an open heart towards Nearly, but as I progressed I realized that not only was she very 'involved' but she was also very whiney. It wasn't until Reece came in that she finally toned it down. Other than her flaws, her part in the plot was extraordinary. I don't think anyone but her could've dealt and pulled off what she did. I almost wish I was a bad ass heroine who sifted through News Papers and rode on the back of hot guys Bikes. Only one can hope.

All in all, the book was great. Something that made me want to progress further in my own AP Chemistry class.

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Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. She annually attends the Writers' Police Academy at Guilford Technical Community College, Department of Public Safety, to conduct hands-on research for her books. She lives outside Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. Nearly Gone is her first novel.

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