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Shelter (Micky Bolitar, #1)

Shelter (Micky Bolitar, #1) - Harlan Coben Book Info
ebook, 190 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Speak
original title Shelter
ISBN 110153561X (ISBN13: 9781101535615)
edition language English
series Mickey Bolitar #1
characters Myron Bolitar, Ema, Mickey Bolitar, Spoon
literary awards Agatha Award Nominee for Best Childrens Young Adult (2011), Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult (2012)
other editions (43)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback!

Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he's met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's novel "Live Wire” Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. Follow Mickey Bolitar on his next adventure in "Seconds Away,” coming out in Fall 2012!

My Thoughts

There is an estrangement between Mickey and Myron that started when the Bolitar brothers had a falling out and has carried over after Mickey’s father died. With the best of intentions Myron moved Mickey and his mother into his home, enrolled her in drug rehab and Mickey into the local high school but the road is rocky for all of them.

From the beginning of the story you can see where Mickey and his Uncle Myron share similar characteristics, from their athleticism to their ability to attract trouble the Bolitar boys are indeed undeniably related.

They also share an ability to befriend those who are not socially adept, in Mickey’s case that means the goth Ema and the nerd Spoon.

This was totally in character for a member of the Bolitar family, even though Mickey is a teen he has the same disregard for personal safety as his uncle and also the same knack for getting into tight spots thanks to getting involved in situations he should have stayed out of.

Not sure what the future holds for young Mickey but this first book left a lot of unanswered questions for readers so even though this particular story arc was pretty complete there is still room for future adventures which look forward to reading.

[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]