February 7th 2012
By Simon Pulse
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..
First, I want to say thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me an ARC of Dead to you. If you don't already know this, let me tell you. I LOVE LOVE Lisa McMann’s books! I've read all of her books with the exception of her middle grade book, to which I hear great things about as well. And each book I've read left me wanting more. I was so excited when I received Dead to You as an ARC. Now I'm sad to say that this book is a standalone, though I sure wish it weren't. I would have loved for the story to continue.
Could you imagine having your children playing in the front yard, you turn around for a few minutes and when you come back one of your children is missing? Well that's what happened in this heartbreaking story. Ethan was abducted as a little boy; in fact he was only seven years old. A story of a boy's life turned around when he returned back home. The life he knew before is non-existent. He did everything for himself with no rules or curfew to follow. So getting back into a life with rules wasn't something he succumbed to easily.
It's hard not to feel for everyone in this story. Ethan, for feeling lost with his own family. Always wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. The parents, for the pain they endured during the years of not having their child and finally getting him back. However, upon welcoming him back home, they noticed that he's just not a little boy anymore. He's a different person now. And the little brother had to deal with a lot of different emotions having his brother back home. This book was so raw with emotions.
Dead to You is another great story written by Lisa McMann, an author who has never failed to blow me away with all her novels. In this book, you become overwhelmed with emotions for the whole family. I rooted for them to find peace within themselves so they can return back to the family they were before the abduction. Lisa had me feeling really bad for Ethan. I rooted for him the most. I wanted him to feel welcomed and comfortable. I wanted him to feel whole again. Lisa outdid herself with this one. I cried and felt so many emotions in this story. I hope I never go through the pain this family went through in this book. It’s heart-warming and heartbreaking. A definite, absolutely must read! A Good Choice for Reading!!
5 out of 5 stars!