The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner – Review

The Second Life of Ava RiversThe Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner has a publication date of August 28th, 2018 by Razorbill and is a contemporary young adult novel.

Ava’s disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can’t because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after.

The after is all Vera remembers. When her twin sister, Ava, disappeared one Halloween night, her childhood became a blur of theories, tips, and leads, but never any answers. The case made headlines, shocked Vera’s Northern California community, and turned her family into tragic celebrities.

Now, at eighteen, Vera is counting down the days until she starts her new life at college in Portland, Oregon, far away from the dark cloud she and family have lived under for twelve years. But all that changes when a girl shows up at the local hospital.

Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home.

Ava’s return begins to mend the fractures in the Rivers family. Vera and Ava’s estranged older brother returns. Vera reconnects with Max, the sweet, artistic boy from her childhood. Their parents smile again. But the questions remain: Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now?

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 photo by Niki Pretti About the author:  Faith Gardner writes novels for teens and short stories for adults. A graduate of UC Berkeley, her first novel PERDITA was published by Merit Press (now Simon Pulse) in 2015. Her second novel, THE SECOND LIFE OF AVA RIVERS, is coming out August 2018 on Razorbill/Penguin. Her short fiction has been featured in publications like PANK, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and ZYZZYVA. She is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann & Associates.

Faith is also a songwriter, singer, musician, and Director of Social Media at Daily Kos.

She lives in Richmond, California.

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My Review:  The Second Life of Ava Rivers is a captivating contemporary young adult novel that you will not want to put down. A suspenseful read that will have you wondering what will happen next. When Vera’s sister Ava disappears no one expects to see her again. Then years later Ava shows up leaving everyone wondering what really happened. This intriguing read is a real page-turner that will draw you in from the start and will have you holding your breath until the end. An ending that you will not see coming! Gardner has written a story that is sure to stick with you. A story with well-developed characters that have creative backstories that slowly come to light helping to mesh with the storyline making this a remarkable read. I recommend  The Second Life of Ava Rivers to anyone who loves an intriguing contemporary young adult novel.  ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.** 

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