When I first started this book I was completely engrossed. Evie was a character I could empathise with and Leela as a book baddy is perfect. She is so easy to hate! However, midway through I lost interest a bit-I was still happy to keep reading, but I felt the plot slowed down a bit. The ending however- that was right up my street. A full on dramatic showdown which wouldn't have been out of place on a TV soap opera. There is a sequel in the pipeline, so it'll be interesting to see what happens next for Evie. Will she stay in America? Return to Ireland? Or end up somewhere else entirely?
This book is aimed at age nine upwards, although there is one use of the word 'crap' which I personally wouldn't want my child to read at that age. I would probably say it is more suited for the Y6/Y7 market.
Marooned in Manhattan is out now, published by O'Brien.
With thanks to the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.