Monday, July 19, 2010

Accomplice: By Eireann Corrigan



Finn and Chloe have it all figured out. Their school guidance counselor has told everyone that it's not enough to get good grades or do community service anymore - kids like that are everywhere, and colleges are bored of them. So what do you do? Chloe decides they should get attention another way. She and Finn will stage her own disappearance - and then Finn will be the only who finds and saves her. What college wouldn't want them after that kind of attention? It seems like a good plan -- until things start going very wrong.


What would you do reach your goals?

In Accomplice, Eireann Corrigan has created an engaging moral dilemma of a story, begging the question, what do you do when a seemingly innocent plan spirals out of control?

Accomplice tells the story of two good, but only slightly above average students, Finn and Chloe, who enact a plan to gain national media attention to allow both of them to achieve their goal; to get into whatever college they want. The plan involved one of the girls hiding for days on end, causing a commotion and convincing the town to think she was kidnapped. The other girls job was to convince everyone she didn’t know where she was and then find her days later.

What they didn’t count on was how it would effect everyone else.

In this emotional rollercoaster ride, Corrigan does a terrific job of showing the different levels of guilt the girls exhibit and what it does to their friends, family, and to themselves.

While Accomplice was well written and was impressive in the way it was able to convey the girls emotions, I only thought it was ok. This could have been because I wasn’t sold on the way the story was initially set up jumping back and forth between the past and present without any indication on what was happening, or because I never truly cared about the characters.

All in all Accomplice was mediocre. It was not a bad story, nor was it poorly written, but it didn’t do anything to make me love it. Making it a book you could pick up at your local library but by no means something that will go flying off the shelves.


4.5 out of 10


Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: August 1, 2010

Price: $17.99

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