Looking For Alexby Marian Dillon
It’s the summer of 1977, Beth and Alex did everything together. Until the day seventeen year old Alex ran away from home. A missing persons report has been filed, but Beth knows that there must be more to Alex’s disappearance. So she follows Alex, to punk-era London, determined to bring her/b>/i>
They were supposed to be best friends…
It’s the summer of 1977, Beth and Alex did everything together. Until the day seventeen year old Alex ran away from home. A missing persons report has been filed, but Beth knows that there must be more to Alex’s disappearance. So she follows Alex, to punk-era London, determined to bring her best friend back home.
But the Alex she finds living in a Camden squat isn’t the same Alex. And memories of those weeks in London haunt her to this day; falling for Fitz, her first love; tasting a new kind of freedom, and the fateful day that her parents finally tracked them down and took her away.
Alex knew then that Beth had betrayed her trust, and disappeared once more, severing their friendship for good. And now, years later, it’s time for forgotten secrets to be shared once and for all. Because after all this time, Beth’s never given up on finding Alex…
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The plot summary of this book first caught my attention. A teenage girl, Alex, has disappeared and her friend Beth is looking for her. What I expected was a kind of police investigation type story but this story was completely different from what I was expecting and surprisingly wonderful to read. The story takes place in two different decades. Alex runs away from the home in the late 70’s but Beth is looking for her in 2013. The story goes back and forth between the events in the past and the event in current time. Alex had been gone for a couple of weeks when she gets a message to Beth that she is in London. Beth then lies to her parents and takes off to London to find here and try to bring her home. During her stay in London she falls in love, finds herself living in a squat and discovering the reasons why Alex ran away in the first place. Her attempts to persuade Alex to come home fall on deaf ears. Beth goes back home but a few weeks later takes off again because she misses Fitz. One morning her parents show up unannounced and drag her home. Alex has disappeared again. Beth’s life does a nosedive for a few years as she deals with the loss of her best friend and her first love. In 2013 Beth has a successful business and is in London doing a training when she runs into Dan, a younger cousin of Fitz who she remembers from her “summer of love”. Dan gets her back together with Fitz who renews her interest in finding out what happened to Alex. The ending was not quite what I expected but if you want to know you should read it for yourself. This book was very well written and I really liked the author’s style. There were only a couple of typos and the book was not only east to read but a very engaging story. The way the author went back and forth between past and present kept me engaged and wanting to know what was coming next. This book does a good job of fleshing out the main characters and bringing in “extras” at appropriate moments. There is enough introspection on the part of the main characters to allow you to know them but not so much that you feel bogged down by their thoughts. There is also a real sense in the story of how choices we make affect not only ourselves but ripple out to impact the lives of others. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars as I really enjoyed the story. I would be happy to read other books by this same author.