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The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry

High School

When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder, but his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast-forward fourteen years, new evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large, and it’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?

I’ve read a couple of books where the main character finds out one of their parents is a killer. But I’ve never read a story where the parent was thought to be the killer but turns out to be a victim. That’s a new one. It’s always nice when the authors mix it up.

I’ve read many books where the teenage female main character spends most of the story complaining/whining and being a brat about something.

Examples: Complaining that the love of your life is a vampire (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer), complaining that your older sister is hotter than you (All-American Girl by Meg Cabot), complaining that you don’t have your cellphone at the end of the world (The Rain by Virginia Bergin), stupid stuff like that.

Olivia, on the other hand, has every reason to complain. For fourteen years, she’s thought her own father horrifically killed her mother, and she has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. She does complain a little, but she doesn’t spend the entire story complaining. She actually does something, unlike some female characters I’ve read about.

You might or might not have noticed a recurring theme in April Henry’s books; strong female characters are put in horrifying and deadly situations. I have read many books with strong female characters, but the girls kept getting off-topic talking about boys and feelings. I used to like this, but then I got a boyfriend and realized boys aren’t as ‘charming’ as those books made them out to be. April Henry’s girls are always focused on the big picture. They wait until after the dangerous situation is over before thinking about romance.

Well, that’s the last of April Henry’s books. I hope you all enjoyed it.

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