Sixteen-year old Delia is quite happy, living in computer-crazy Silicon Valley with her mother, T.K., hanging out with her two best friends, and sneaking in some surfing whenever she can. Her quiet life falls apart one day, though, when the news is delivered that her mother disappeared while on a trip to Antarctica. Delia’s reaction to the news is surprising:
They were probably expecting a more over-the-top response. And I have to admit, for a split second I did feel like somebody had vacuumed out my insides.
But almost instantly, that feeling gave way to an almost bizarre sort of calm. When I reached for the emotion that was usually right there, waiting to be tapped, I came up empty.
Because I just couldn’t believe my mother was dead.
I still can’t. I mean, everyone else is using the past tense when they talk about her, but it’s all a huge mistake. It has to be. I don’t know what happened exactly, but T.K. will explain everything when she returns.
And I’m sure she will return. This is a woman whose favorite appliance is a label maker – she’s way too organized to die by just disappearing like that, and she’s much too determined to let a little thing like being stranded in the Antarctic to do her in.
Especially when she’s the only parent I have left.
Despite Delia’s determination, her mother is presumed dead, and Delia is shipped off to live in New York City with two very different aunts who she’s never met before – one is a free-living bohemian who lives in a loft, and the other is an uptown snob. So, while Delia’s trying to adjust to a radically different lifestyle, a snooty new private school, and relatives she didn’t know existed, she’s also continuing to search for her mother. Oh, and just to make things more interesting, there’s a really cute guy at her new school who she’s not sure she can trust.
I really enjoyed this book and got caught up in its mystery. The characters have depth, and the writing style is engaging, moving the story along quickly. My only problem with the book, in fact, is that it’s one of those books that only tells half a story, and I want to hear the rest right now! It ends with, “To Be Continued…” To be fair, there is some resolution to part of the story at the end of the novel. I guess I’ll just have to get the sequel, And Then I Found Out the Truth, to find out the rest!
244 pages, Point (an imprint of Scholastic)