A Mickey Bolitar Novel

Book - 2011
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After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011.
ISBN: 9780399256509
Branch Call Number: FIC/COBEN
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 20, 2021

I really enjoyed reading Shelter. I liked this book because it had both mystery and suspense, it kept you interested and wanting to read more. You could easily identify with the main character, Mickey, a teenager moving to a new place, starting a new high school, the struggles with making new friends at the same time dealing with his home life. Mickey is strong willed and smart and when a new friend of Mickey’s stops coming to school, Mickey starts asking questions. When Mickey cannot get any answers from the teachers or people living in the town, he decides to take matters into his own hands. With the help of a few new friends at school they begin their own investigation, that is when they start learning the truth as to why their friend really went missing. 4/5 -@Jman of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 20, 2021

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Dec 01, 2019

This is the first of Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar series for young adults. I didn't realize it was for YA when I picked it up, but I found it quite enjoyable. I ended up reading books 2 & 3 as well (Seconds Away & Found). I'm going to recommend the series for my 14-year-old grand-daughter. I'd have enjoyed this mystery series when I was her age.

Mar 28, 2018

This book was about a boy named Mickey Bolitar who has many questions regarding a mysterious butterfly that he has seen everywhere and the disappearance of his girlfriend Ashley. As he continues his quest to find his girlfriend an elderly women who everybody calls “bat lady” told Mickey his father is still alive but, he knows it can’t be true because he was in the car accident that killed his father and left him with drug addict of a mother who is in rehab and moves to his dad's hometown with his uncle Myron. With these mysteries him and his two friends Spoon, and Emma help him solve the many mysterious and realize everything at the end.I loved this book, it had twists and turns that made me have to switch my whole perspective of the book and question new things about it and try to figure out what was going to happen next. I have not read any other book by this author but I would love to see if he has written any other books. I never read mystery books but there was a new theme that I have not seen in any other book.I would recommend this book because it had me in the edge of seat when there were parts that made me nervous for the character and see what would happen to them. I would recommend this book to people who love mysteries and like to have their whole perspective changed in an instant. Maybe around 15 and up would enjoy reading this book because their are some parts where one of the characters do get hurt.

Oct 23, 2017

Better for a teenage or young adult audience

Nov 07, 2014

The Guardian review is harsher than my own reaction to the book's writing although there are several areas where I agree. Particularly, the plot has weaknesses and odd hops in logic. The most unnecessary weakness of the book is the setting and role of the Bat Lady character. Redeeming these weaknesses are flashes of solid writing which made this reader finish the book in a more or less continuous read. If you can suspend judgement on the weaknesses in the plot (generally a given in books for teens which usually have a few unlikely coincidences) then you'll find this a worthwhile book to read during a winter's snow day.

May 31, 2014

I didn't know that I picked up a youth book by Coben. Maybe it's cool for teenagers, but for adult readers it's rather simplistic, cliched, and over the top. And what's the deal with melting kidnapping, white slavery, prostitution with the Holocaust (again) and those mean, mean Nazis (again). Get a life Coben and stick to adult novels that deals with current 21st century events, not tired tearjerkers from more than half a century ago.

Zeeks Jan 13, 2014

I read THE WOODS while I was in Jail._GOOD BOOK! This book sukD!-Mickey Bolter is a TOOL BOX!!-Overhearin his kids coversations on the back flap-"I HOPE you DON't MIND!"-Coben is terrible-AS A JUDy BLUME?-What is this garbage book advertised as an adult novel????_Kiss Micky on the forehead for me Coben-tHE DISHES ARE DONE!

ChasingElephants Nov 25, 2013

I loved this book i'm ashamed I lost it before I finished, but i'd be more than delighted to read it once more in completion.

Jun 17, 2013

Really can't wait till' I read this interesting book! I just placed a hold on it. Is it actually a good book?

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