The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon

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"We have to get to her first…"

Abducted? Runaway? Murder victim? Lily Odilon—local wild child from a middle-of-nowhere town—has vanished after spending the night with her boyfriend, new kid Albert Morales. Suspected in her disappearance, Albert sets out with Lily’s prickly younger sister, Olivia, to discover what really happened to Lily—and to keep the promise he made to her late one night.

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"Reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns (2008), this noir thriller hooks readers ...

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Overview

"We have to get to her first…"

Abducted? Runaway? Murder victim? Lily Odilon—local wild child from a middle-of-nowhere town—has vanished after spending the night with her boyfriend, new kid Albert Morales. Suspected in her disappearance, Albert sets out with Lily’s prickly younger sister, Olivia, to discover what really happened to Lily—and to keep the promise he made to her late one night.

***

"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."
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Publishers Weekly
When his girlfriend, Lily, disappears in the middle of the night while he is asleep in her bed, 17-year-old Albert has no idea where she's gone or that he will soon become suspected of abducting her. Debut novelist Beitia's story unfolds in three time lines--one that describes past moments in Lily and Albert's relationship; another that unfolds in the hours and days after her disappearance; and a third, in which Albert and Lily's sister, Olivia, are on the lam looking for Lily. Their search is spurred by a mysterious postcard Albert receives from Lily right after she flees, which says that she is waiting for him in "The Last Good Place." Each time line fleshes out minute details, plunging readers deep into Albert's experience; the interlacing of the three creates real tension in the first half of the book. Pacing slows in the second half when revelations in the second story line are less climactic since readers already know certain details uncovered in the third thread. But the climax more than makes up for this and caps off a journey well worth taking. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - C.J. Bott
Albert Morales, seventeen, has fallen in love with Lily, the bad girl with a haunting past. She broke into her stepfather's dental office and nearly overdosed on laughing gas, which has left her with a bad reputation and damaged, or possibly suppressed, her memory. The book begins with a flash-forward of Albert and Lily's sister, Olivia, trying to find Lily, who has run away. Then the story opens with Albert and Lily in bed, and Lily leaves the room as Albert falls back to sleep. When he awakes, he is alone in the house, Lily is missing, and the mystery begins. Told in three strands set in different times, the novel gets a bit confusing, as two of the strands are in the same font and not clearly delineated. Unevenly written, some parts are superb, while others are so overwritten they tempt the reader to skip ahead to relocate the story line. Albert and Olivia are the main characters, bonded by their need to find Lily—Albert because he must and Olivia because she knows how her sister thinks. The villain is predictable, but his controlling reach heightens his evilness. Hopefully, Beitia will write other mysteries for Albert, he is too good a character to lose. Reviewer: C.J. Bott
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Following a late-night accident 18 months earlier at her stepfather's dental office, Lily Odilon has been suffering from memory loss. Now her memories have begun to surface, but she has vanished. Her love interest and new guy in town, Albert, becomes an immediate suspect in her disappearance. He finds himself combining efforts with Lily's skeptical sister, Olivia, to find the girl he loves, clear his name, and bring those responsible for Lily's troubling recollections to justice. In this debut suspense novel, the teens search for elusive truths about Lily's family in their small Idaho town. Readers learn long before Albert and Olivia that Lily is sexually abused by her stepfather, a prominent dentist with high connections. With a chapter structure reminiscent of Paul Fleischman's Whirligig (Holt, 1998), the novel requires readers to piece together complete pictures of the characters in three divergent story lines in order to gain a full understanding of their plight. While the multiple narrative threads may prove challenging for those readers who easily lose their way, the straightforward, sometimes simple, language of the novel will provide some clarity in comprehension. Several contrived situations and a scarcity of fully developed characters may be seen as flaws to more sophisticated readers.—Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738720685
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 976,121
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Beitia (Caldwell, ID) has worked as a staff writer and arts editor for the Boise Weekly, an independent alternative newspaper. The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon is her debut YA novel. Visit Sara online at www.sarabeitia.com.

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The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon


By Sara Beitia

Flux Pulishers

Copyright © 2010 Sara Beitia
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7387-2068-5


Chapter One

7:45 p.m.

Albert Morales sits on the curb with his head down between his knees, trying to breathe. He waits for his heart to stop pounding so they can get moving again. Olivia Odilon is nearby, just across the street—a slim shadow concealed by the dark arch of a restaurant entryway right next to an empty newsstand. Albert looks up briefly and sees her eyes across the way, two shining chips of glass reflecting the harsh glow of the streetlight. Albert doesn't really believe in God but he prays anyway, in a sweaty ecstasy of desperation, that he won't have a full-on asthma attack. Now that he needs it, the inhaler he uses on very rare occasions is several hundred miles back, sitting on top of his dresser along with, as he recalls, his only necktie, the MP3 player he'd received for Christmas, about three dollars in change, and a snapshot of his girlfriend Lily. Lily, who also happens to be long gone.

No point thinking about that.

After a moment he tries a tentative breath, then, finding that he can, he pulls another one down into his lungs, exhaling gratefully and taking in another deep drink of air.

It's good.

It's difficult, but he pushes the panic he's feeling out of his mind, instead concentrating completely on catching his breath. He can hear Olivia's feet scraping impatiently at the pavement like a restless animal. He lifts his arm and raises a finger to let her know he just needs another moment.

Albert opens his eyes and sees a small something between his sneakers in the gutter. Without thinking, he reaches down to grab whatever it is, and comes up with a damp matchbox in his fingers. He shakes it. Empty. On one side is a tiny picture of woman wearing a sly smile and not much else; Albert flips the box over and sees that it comes from a place called the Alibi in a city called New Salisbury.

"Whatcha got there?"

He looks up and sees that Olivia has crossed the street and now stands in front of him. He tosses the empty matchbox up and she catches it between her hands. "From some bar or strip club, I guess."

She reads the thing, then laughs softly. "Wish we had an alibi right now?"

He stands, not answering. "I think I'm okay now. Let's go."

The two of them set out again, down the deserted street on their way to Lily.



Excerpted from The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sara Beitia Copyright © 2010 by Sara Beitia. Excerpted by permission of Flux Pulishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    A really good read--sophisticated for a YA novel. With realistic dialogue and a twisted, fast paced plot, this book was hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 12, 2013

    Mark

    Lily?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Lily

    Blushes and smiles. She looks into your eyes. She leans in. Thanks...

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Sara Beitia is going to be a star

    one of the best books I have every read! Can't wait for her next book.

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