It’s not surprising that wild Lily Odilon has disappeared, especially since “The Accident,” or what’s more commonly referred to in her small Idaho town as, “That One Time Lily Odilon and Some Other Juvenile Delinquents Broke into Lily’s step-Dad’s Dental Practice and Lily OD’d on Laughing Gas and Almost Died.” In this fast- and evenly paced YA debut, prime suspect Albert Morales, the new kid at high school and Lily’s boyfriend, races to find Lily at the last place she remembers feeling happy before her dangerous stepfather, who also happens to be golf buddies with the lead detective, reaches her. Three taut story lines — just before the disappearance, just after the disappearance and along Albert’s search — converge to reveal the truth behind Lily’s accident, her stepfather’s involvement, the evolution of Albert and Lily’s relationship and why Albert really needs to find this enigmatic and often selfish girl. Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns (2008), this noir thriller hooks readers with realistic dialogue, fully fleshed characters and plenty of twists. Terrific to the last, good page. (Thriller. YA)
Hooray for Sara! Kirkus has a tendency to be snarky in their reviews, so a rave like this is a notable event!