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by Eireann Corrigan

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Would you fake your own kidnapping to get into a good school? 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…  See more details below


Would you fake your own kidnapping to get into a good school? 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Corrigan delivers an addictive cautionary tale in this twisted unraveling of mean girl machinations. The surprisingly likable (if tragically duped) narrator, junior Finn Jacobs, acerbically reveals the inside story on how she and her best friend Chloe fake Chloe's disappearance, hiding her in Finn's grandmother's basement for 11 long days. "It started as a joke. A sick joke really, the kind that Chloe and I could only tell each other because anyone else would think we were terrible people." The goal of this deranged plot is to make both of them stand out in competitive college admissions; however, readers will suspect before Finn the extent of Chloe's ambitions. Tension mounts as Finn finds it easier to lie and simultaneously becomes isolated by her secrets, especially as the facade of her friendship with Chloe cracks. As Finn realizes the consequences of her role, Corrigan (Ordinary Ghosts) balances her guilt and remorse with realizations about the underlying power dynamic of the girls' relationship. This commentary on the fictions underlying celebrity culture and the cruelty and bravery of this memorable heroine are both haunting and provocative. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
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"A dark page-turner with a satisfying resolution." - Kirkus

"Corrigan has crafted a complex, heart-wrenchingly plausible YA thriller. Peopled with multifaceted teen and adult characters, the story flows from secrets to lies, from a few harsh words to terrible accusations, and from supreme innocence to soul-sucking guilt. A fascinating character study of individuals and an entire town, this tension-filled story will entice readers." - Booklist

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
It sounded like a good idea at the time. Stage a disappearance, gain lots of attention, and then reap huge rewards when the missing person miraculously reappears. Best friends Finn and Chloe devise this plan in hopes that the ensuing media attention will help them gain entry into a prestigious college. Every detail is painstakingly planned, and as Chloe hides in the basement of Finn's vacationing grandmother's house, Finn must deceive family, friends, police, and news reporters. The suspense builds as their plan becomes increasingly more difficult to sustain. Each turn of the page in this gripping novel will have readers anxious with anticipation as they wonder whether the plan will succeed or fail. The ending of this exciting and well-written novel will shock and surprise everyone as the girls discover the true extent of their deceit and learn that there were more victims then they initially realized. Reviewer: Denise Daley
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Convinced that the only way she can get into a top college is to really stand out, Chloe latches onto the news of a kidnapped girl's return and decides that going missing is what she must do to gain notoriety. Executing a detailed plan with best friend, Finn, Chloe disappears. Finn, left behind to lie and cover up for her, is unprepared for the realities she faces, especially when Dean, a shy boy from school is blamed for the nonexistent crime. Forced to deal with the aftermath, even when Chloe reveals herself, Finn begins to learn that their escapades caused a lot of pain for both Dean and herself, a realization that forces her to face the truth. Corrigan creates an extremely unique plot that is mostly credible because of the authenticity of the characters. Chloe especially is well-constructed. Even though some elements strain belief, including the role Dean plays and Finn's ability to cover things up so convincingly, the reality of the girls' mistakes makes the reader want to continue. Unfortunately, the outcome is disappointingly rushed, packing several years into two chapters. Despite these flaws, the story grasps the reader with a voyeuristic sense of horror as they sit back and watch events unfold and also come to the realization of the true harm the girls' prank enacted, making this an interesting choice for fans of true crime mysteries. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Looking for a way to differentiate themselves from all the other great students applying to prestigious universities, Finn and Chloe fake the latter's disappearance in order to attract attention. Chloe conceived this plan after following the media frenzy over an abducted teen's return to her family, sure that the now-famous Margaret Cook will be accepted to any college. Though plagued with doubts, Finn keeps a straight face while lying to everyone, occasionally sneaking out to check on Chloe, who is hiding in her vacationing grandmother's basement. Despite having discussed every extenuating circumstance imaginable, the girls are stunned when police arrest Chloe's friend Dean for her murder, a crime only they know he did not commit. They stage her return from her "kidnapping" with surprisingly few complications, but things are never the same between the two best friends. Describing events from Finn's first-person perspective, Corrigan paints a complex portrait both of a family in grief and the emotions involved in deception. She deftly captures the way one mistake can lead to others, snowballing into a situation that seems insurmountable. Unfortunately, the story's premise is a bit hard to swallow. With modern society offering so many other routes to becoming a celebrity, it's hard to believe the teens would take this one. Readers who can get past that will find this well-paced, mature, psychological tale is impossible to put down.—Jennifer Barnes, formerly at Homewood Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
In the tradition of YA suspense master Gail Giles, Corrigan creates a tense, bare-bones thriller that both provides a nerve-wracking ride and reveals its central characters' greed, selfishness and capacity for evil. When the story opens, city-born golden girl Chloe Caffrey has disappeared, putting the New Jersey farm town of Colt River and, soon, national TV audiences into a panic. Only narrator Finn, Chloe's best friend, knows the truth: Chloe's disappearance is a hoax. In 11 days, Finn will "discover" Chloe in the woods, and the two girls hope the fame they achieve will secure them places at the nation's most selective colleges. Though college admission seems less than compelling as a motive for such a destructive scheme, the tension is real and unrelenting. Chloe's calculating indifference is a perfect, chillling foil to Finn's mounting distress as both girls' families react, guidance counselors and fellow students pry and a shy boy from school is taken into police custody as a suspect. A dark page-turner with a satisfying resolution. (Suspense. 12 & up)

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Meet the Author

Eireann Corrigan is the author of the poetry memoir You Remind Me of You, and the novels Splintering, Ordinary Ghosts, and Accomplice, which Publishers Weekly called "haunting and provocative" in a starred review. She lives in New Jersey.

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Accomplice 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Finn and Chloe are girls with bright futures, but no matter how excellent their grades are or how many community service projects they do, they know they'll never be able to attend an Ivy League school. So what can they do to make themselves stand out to the admissions committees? Fake Chloe's abduction, then have Finn rescue her, of course. Well, it's actually a very clever plan in a lot of ways. Capitalizing on personal tragedy and media coverage is basically guaranteed to get them the results they want, but there were a lot of little flaws in the plan. Such as the fact that Chloe's family thinks she's dead and they're mourning for her. And Dean, Chloe's almost-boyfriend, is hauled in as a suspect in her disappearance. And the whole town of Colt River has been turned upside down, and a lot of money is being spent looking for Chloe. Finn starts to feel incredibly guilty and begs Chloe to end the plan, but Chloe stubbornly holds out. I was proud of Finn for realizing that everybody had to pay for their charade. I kept wondering how on earth the girls could not know ahead of time that this plan was going to hurt a lot of people on a number of levels, but then I realized it was actually very realistic--when somebody's caught up in the rush of a big, personally beneficial scheme, they seldom stop to think how it'll affect others. Finn also realizes that even if everything works just like they hope, they have to keep up a pretense for the rest of their lives. I wish Finn's narrative voice had sounded older. Both Finn and Chloe felt younger to me, more like twelve or so, and it wasn't that the were immature, it's just that for girls who are 16 years old, they seemed to have a very simple, innocent approach to life. Like the way they approached getting to know Dean: instead of texting, Facebooking, or dropping him hints, Chloe develops her interest in him by leaving him notes full of confetti and cute stickers, posted on the school message board. Originally, the notes weren't even intended romantically--the girls just wanted him to feel appreciated, so he would come out of his shell. For me, Dean was actually my favorite part of the book. He's a sweet guy with a serious speech impediment, who doesn't deserve all the trouble that comes his way. I was glad when Finn made more of a connection with him. Accomplice did bring out my emotions--I spent almost the whole novel with frown lines, because I was so worried!The ending is interesting, and not what I was expecting. It's a good study in psychology, in self vs. others.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Best friends Chloe and Finn have a secret. They have developed a plan to attract prospective colleges with a bogus kidnapping. But when the plan spirals out of control, will the girls be able to stick to their story, or will their bizarre scheme be exposed? Captivatingly powerful, Eireann Corrigan's latest novel is a thrilling ride from beginning to end. Her unique characters have you entertained from page one and continue to surprise you throughout the entire story. Corrigan takes the classic white lie tale to the next level with ACCOMPLICE, and her cliffhanger ending will leave you longing for more.
NCIS_gal19 More than 1 year ago
Accomplice is a book about two best friends, Finn and Chloe, who fake Chloe's own kidnapping. They must try their best to hide everything they know from their family, friends, and most important, the press. Throughout their ploy, their friendship becomes shaky and each one of them must make sacrifices for the other. Accomplice is an exciting and captivating, mysterious adventure and readers will really connect and feel for the characters. I would recommend it to any teenager or young adult because everyone likes a good mystery. I give this book 5 stars. Happy Reading :)
Dorothea Boerrigter More than 1 year ago
I actually have the real book at home and finished it. Don't listen to that other person. Maybe they did't like it because they never paid quite a lot of attetion to the important details. I guarantee you'll simmply adore this book the way I did. The plot may be unrealistic, but it'll keep you on your toes for sure!!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Eireann Corrigan, author of “Accomplice”, was born and raised in New Jersey. Corrigan had a passion for poetry since she was little. Her latest book “Accomplice” is about two High School girls named Finn and Chloe. Finn and Chloe have good grades and perfect attendance, but their advisor says, “Good grades and attendance aren't enough to satisfy college entrance requirements anymore”. Now they have to think outside of the box if they want to get into a good college. Chloe and Finn stage Chloe’s disappearance in order to get media attention. Then, Fin is going to find her and look like a hero. This plan only goes downhill from here. In an abduction case there has to be a victim, and police suspect that it might be Shy Dean, Chloes Ex-boyfriend. After news arrose about this Dean is harassed and forced to drop out of school. When Chloe returns home after an intense 11 days, Finn attempts to tell the police she rescued her. After the police take it, the girls began to grow further apart. Chloe ends up going to Vassar where she claimed she was meant to be and as for Finn, she just ends up going to a community college. The characters were credible, this is a story that could happen in real life and the lines of the characters were so believable. There were some more minor character that didn’t play a big role in the overall theme of the story, but my favorite character was Finn. Finn was my favorite because I almost felt bad for her at the end, she goes to all this trouble to “save” her friend in the attention of the media, in hopes to go to a great college and the she just ends up going to a community college. Chloe and Finn both destroyed the future of Dean, by getting him dropped out of his own school. Dean also has child abduction put on his criminal record, which can’t look good for his future college chances. I think that the book was very coherent, everything added up very nicely and nothing seemed thrown in. This plot is realistic, because someone could fake an abduction to get the attention of the media and colleges, especially in this time period. My favorite quote from the book was on page 3, and it read, “You don’t even know what a plan is. Because we have a plan. We have a much better, more detailed plan.” This wouldn’t be as amusing to someone at first because they don’t know what's going to end up happening. They suppose they have a plan but in reality they have a plan that is bound to fail. Another quote that I found eary was on page 17 reading, “You’re never really safe.” This just made me have a weird feeling that something bad was going to happen in the story, and something bad ended up happening to Dean. The author had an amazing writing style, the suspense made me want to read forever. I would classify her book as mystery. This book is probably best if read by 8th graders and up. This books overall theme dealt with friendship. I say this because they each put effort into getting the attention of the media and they used friendship to work together to plan this fake abduction. Sure, they may not have succeeded, but they got through it together. I would highly recommend this book to mystery fanatics, because it was a good, enthralling mystery book. Always remember, “you’re never really safe.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys i think every one should read this book its amazing twisting and un predictable im not jking in dead serious like low key a girl from oakcliff you would think would want to be outside all ghettovfabulouse but tht not me i changed i used to be that girl but i had a chang of heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible! Is not that the author was bad, i bet that her work is good and the idea is pretty unigue but nothhing happened, really NOTHING happened. I couldn't wait to finish it. There was probably one part of the book that was ok, the ending wasn't what i expected and i was mad because it FINALLY got alittle better at the end. The book was very slow for my tasting and i wished that mroe happened that made it intresting. It was like boohoo me and boohoo you, really?! The main character Finn was horrible, i hated her and the best friend Chloe was so bad i wanted to put dowm the book right away. i kept thinking that the characters were younger and not almost graduating. Expecially Chloes brother, i kept thinking hes like 10, not even, younger maybe. The characters just confused me. I only kept reading it because i hoped and wanted it to get better, which btw doesnt happen until like the last chapter. I didnt like the ending, yes i did like how the author ended it but it just made me hate the book even more. If your looking for an exciting, adventurous, on the edge of your seat kind of book, i dont think this is it. I would rather rent it then buy it because if you dont like it, its a waste of your money. Good luck if you dont like it.
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Haley_May More than 1 year ago
My teacher says its good, but now, i don't know... if its as bad as that 1 person said... it looks good, though. I would be disappointed if I didn't like it, but I'm sure I will. Hope I see a better review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yeah. I read this book. Completely HATED it. In my opinion, one star was still way too much. The characters were astonishingly stupid (more than your average teenage girl) and they were the most difficult to connect with than any character in all of the books I've read (quite a lot). My advice: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! The plot is very unrealistic, and throughout the whole book my one blaring thought about Finn was SMACK HER! Eireann Corrigan, you've managed to make me hate reading for ONCE in my life. For that, I do not like you at all. If you see this in the bookstore, walk by. If you see this in your library, ignore it. And, (I'd hope not) if you were to receive this book as a gift? HIDE IT UNDER YOUR BED.