Six Months Later [NOOK Book]

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She Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory...


When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.


Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her ...

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Overview

She Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory...


When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.


Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.


What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...

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Editorial Reviews

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"As tension rises among these sharply observed characters, this smart, edgy thriller taps into the college-angst zeitgeist, where the price of high achievement might just be your soul." - Kirkus

"Filled with tension and heart-in-your-throat suspense that kept me guessing to the very end. I predict readers will want more and more from her. I know I do!" - Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and Thousand Words

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Chloe calls herself "the last slacker standing" but figures she'll have all senior year to repair her tattered GPA. Instead, she wakes up to find six months have passed in which her world has changed beyond recognition--including herself. She's ratcheted up her GPA and achieved stratospheric SAT scores, thanks to the study group she can't remember participating in. She's shaken by the charged attraction she feels toward bad boy Adam, who shows up moments after she awakens in response to a call she doesn't remember making. Meanwhile, her feelings for Blake Tanner--gorgeous, sought-after and evidently now her boyfriend--have morphed from infatuation to fear. For the first time ever, Chloe's popular--but her best friend, Maggie, won't speak to her. Like Chloe's parents, the therapist she's been seeing for her panic attacks seems confused by Chloe's lack of enthusiasm for Blake and indifference to her stellar grades. The flashes of memory Chloe experiences with Adam are more troubling than confusing, but his warm presence is all she's got. Richards' use of the present tense is enormously effective here, one of the few novels in which suspense actively relies on readers' immersion in the now. As tension rises among these sharply observed characters, this smart, edgy thriller taps into the college-angst zeitgeist, where the price of high achievement might just be your soul. (Suspense. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402285523
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 28,793
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 932 KB

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Chapter One


I'm sitting next to the fire alarm, and my best friend is going down in flames. Irony or divine intervention? I can practically feel the metal handle under my fingers. It might as well be whispering my name.


Tempting. One strategic arm stretch and I could send this whole school into an evacuation frenzy.


I could end Maggie's nightmare right now.


At the front of the classroom, she swallows hard. She is as pale and shaky as the paper in her hands.


"The social p-pressures and isolation encountered b-by male n-n-"


I can't let her suffer like this.


Maggie shakes her head and tries to shrug it off with a sheepish grin. "S-sorry."


"It's all right," Mrs. Corwin says, playing with the cat pendant around her neck. "There's no reason to be scared."


She thinks stuttering is a fear problem? Aren't teachers supposed to know about speech issues and all that crap? Then again, what can I expect from a woman who has professionally framed pictures of her beloved Siamese, Mr. Whiskers, on her desk?


Maggie takes a breath. "The p-pressures and isolation encountered by male n-nurses in a predominantly f-female occupation is a compelling argument f-f-f-" She trails off, going crimson.


Someone snickers from the front.


"Go on, Maggie," Mrs. Corwin says. Again.


I'm going to do it.


Beside me, Blake Tanner shifts in his chair. I know this partly because I have good peripheral vision, but mostly because I have freakishly sensitive Blake radar. I hesitate, breathing in the clean hint of his cologne, watching him softly drum a thumb on his desktop.


My face goes hot. I can't do this with him sitting here. I'm completely invisible to this guy. And now I'm finally going to get his attention by, what? By pulling a fire alarm? Yes, I'm sure that will send a great message. To the guy who's been on the student council since the eighth grade.


Maggie tosses her hair back, forging on. "It's a compelling argument f-for s-s-sexism against men. In most modern contexts, concerns about s-s-s-s-"


Maggie goes pink and then red. Tyler and Shannon laugh in the back, and my eyes start to well up. Screw it. I can't sit here for one more second of one more minute.


I sink down as far as I can in my chair and start sliding my arm back along the wall. I reach up, but I'm grasping blind. It kind of hurts. I touch something cool and metal. Bingo. Two seconds and this misery is over.


Blake clears his throat and I bite my lip. Is he watching me?


What's wrong with me? Of course he's not watching me. I'm invisible.


I turn my head because I'm sure I feel someone's eyes on me. I do.


Adam Reed. He's slouched low in his seat, his dark hair in desperate need of the business end of a pair of scissors.


Adam arches one of his brows at me. The half smile on his lips asks me what I'm waiting for. I don't really have an answer, so I curl my fingers over the alarm handle and pull hard. And then I kiss my detention-free junior year good-bye.


***


Maggie is waiting outside the principal's office. She's got a couple of notebooks clutched in her arms and a pencil securing her strawberry blond waves into a bun.


The office door is barely closed when she starts in on me. "What were you thinking? You c-could have been expelled."


I sling my backpack over my shoulder and offer our school secretary, Mrs. Love, a wave. Maggie takes the cue and follows me briskly back into the hallway. Students are slamming locker doors and texting madly in the few minutes between periods.


Someone whistles, and across the hall, Connor holds two thumbs up. "Let's hear it for fire safety!"


The hallway bursts into a smattering of applause and wolf calls. I blush but give a little bow with a flourish of my hand.


We make our way to the stairs, climbing them two at a time.


"So what happened, Chloe? How b-bad is it?"


"I got a week of detention and a lecture about applying my interest in psychology to evaluating my episodes of acting out."


Maggie looks away, and I can tell she's biting her tongue.


I know that look. It means she's working hard to say something in a way that won't offend the hell out of me.


"Spit it out. You're obviously dying to insert commentary."


She sighs. "Look, I know you w-wanted to help me, but you've got to start thinking about yourself, Chloe. Sometimes it's like you're running away from everything you want."


I try not to look as hurt as I feel. "It's not like I'm afraid of being good, Mags."


She just laughs and takes my arm. "You jumped off the Third Street Bridge on a dare, which proves you're not afraid of anything. It also proves you're insane."


"Watch it."


I take a breath as we pass the drinking fountains, heading close to the last stretch of lockers in the hall. An otherwise unremarkable place in this building except for the fact that it's the Blake Zone.


As if on cue, he closes his locker door and appears, the tall, popular king of this lonely hallway. He laughs at a joke I don't hear. It's a perfect laugh that matches his perfect teeth and his perfect everything else.


I sigh. "Did Blake seem...disappointed?"


She blows out an impatient breath and rolls her eyes at me. "I didn't really think to dissect Blake's expression in the chaos and p-panic of the fire evacuation."


Blake laughs again, and I turn away, my cheeks burning. "Right. Sorry."


She gives me a sly grin. "Want me to go ask him?"


I slump back against the wall with a sigh. "How is it that I'm not the one who talks to boys? I'm the bridge jumper, the alarm puller-"


"The streaker," Maggie adds.


"That was one time! And technically, I was in my undies, but yes. How is it that you, High Queen of the Honor Roll, are better at this than me?"


"The stutter makes me a wild card," she says, winking. "No one ever sees me coming. And you talk t-to plenty of guys."


My gaze lingers on the stretch of Blake's polo across his shoulders, the ends of his hair curling over his collar. "Yeah, well. Not that one."


"I've got to g-get to class," Maggie says. "Speaking of which, did you remember to pick up your GPA at the office this morning?"


I feign a big, carefree smile. "Gosh, I must have completely forgotten. But I totally signed up for the SAT study group you told me about."


"And somehow forgot t-to ask for your GPA?" she asks, clearly unconvinced.


"Oh, who cares about a GPA anyway?"


She blinks at me, arms crossed. "Uh, every college you'll be applying to."


"Right. Well, finals aren't until next week. I can fix it."


Her eyes go dark. "Fix it? How bad is it?"


"Um, I-" The warning bell rings, saving me from another lie. "Gotta dash. Study hall and all. Yep, that's me. Study, study, study."


I slip inside the door and hear her calling after me. "You're running out of time, Chloe!"


She's got a point. I have exactly six days left of my junior year to turn my GPA into something that won't doom me to serving bad eggs at Trixie's Diner for the rest of my life. The urgency should inspire me to use every minute of my study hall period. It really should.


I pick up my biology notes, but it's all cellular this and genetic that, and my eyelids feel heavy after two lines. Why can't I get my act together?


Everyone around me is in full-force cram mode. Of course they are. Even Alexis, who spent the whole year reading Vogue behind her textbooks, is flipping through a stack of note cards. I'm officially the last slacker standing.


Maybe I could make a waitressing gig awesome. Except I don't want a waitressing gig. I only want one gig, and it doesn't involve rushing baskets of fries to hungry truckers.


It involves a doctorate degree in psychology.


How am I going to get through twelve years of college if I can't even stay awake in study hall?


Too bad I can't make a career out of sleeping in class undetected. I could tutor people in that. It's all about the posture. Chin in palm says bored. Chin on knuckles says deeply in thought.


And that sunbeam drifting through the window next to my desk? It says, Go to sleep, Chloe.


I tilt my head, watching the late May sunshine stroke my arms with soft, golden fingers. I do have all weekend to study. And I've got that stupid study group tonight, so I'm taking steps in the right direction. How much harm could one teeny little catnap do?


I give into the warmth and let my eyes slip closed. I'll worry about my lack of self-discipline after the bell rings.


But the bell doesn't ring.


There's no sound at all to wake me, just a cold sinking feeling in my middle. The hair on the back of my neck prickles, and my heart changes rhythm. Skips one beat. Then another.


And I know something is horribly wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Okay, so truth in advertising: Yes, I blog with this author. Yes

    Okay, so truth in advertising: Yes, I blog with this author. Yes, we're friends. I'm sure some people will think that's going to make me crazy biased, but I don't review books unless I LOVED them and this one? I loved it. Truly.

    Okay. So disclaimer aside, let's get to the good stuff. I won't bother with a synopsis because y'all know I can't summarize for crap so I'll stick to what I liked.

    Chloe. She's a great heroine and so so so human. Here's a girl who wakes up to a whole new life and, after the initial freak out, pulls herself together and moves forward.

    And I think that's the beauty of Richards's premise. It actually seems like this really cool fairy tale (the girl wakes up to a perfect new life with a perfect boyfriend and perfect future--who wouldn't want that?) and then it starts to decay. Chloe has to make a choice between what everyone is telling her is the right thing and what she knows is the right thing. That's crazy pressure.

    Hmmm. What else? OH!! Adam. If you like your heroes skewed toward bad boy (think The Perfect Chemistry series' heroes), you'll love Adam. I think the best part about him is how he sees Chloe differently than other people see her. Yeah, we've read that before. I know. But it's WHY he sees her differently that makes this so perfect for me. Adam's used to being dismissed and marginalized. He knows firsthand what can live underneath a person's facade and I love that about him.

    Then there's the suspense. I read SIX MONTHS LATER in one sitting. Considering my ADD and general nervous energy, this is unusual. But I could not stop turning pages. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

    So, yeah, in summary? It was a great read. You need to pick this one up.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the YA genre,

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the YA genre, and/or suspense/thrillers. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the story, and building interest in her characters. I loved how the suspense of the plot kept me turning the pages! The main character, and heroine is Chloe. She is intelligent, snarky, funny, and has such strength. She's a character that is so easy to relate to. You feel as if you know her, and you want to go with her on this scary, intense journey for the truth. It's a thrill ride! Plus, there's unexpected romance - and sizzling chemistry to boot! A great debut novel, and an engrossing read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Contemporary mystery novels have officially become a favorite su

    Contemporary mystery novels have officially become a favorite sub genre of mine. Six Months Later is a strong addition to this sub genre. I love how creative authors get with the mysteries but never cross the line to an absurd and unrealistic plot line. Six Months Later follows Chloe, a high schooler who wakes up one day in the library with no recollection of the past six months of her life.. and what is weird is that her life took a 180 degree turn. She is now top of her class, the top 1% percentile with her SAT score and is now miss popular. Frustration isn't the only emotion Chloe exhibited throughout the novel. If I was in her place, I would have gone crazy.
    What I liked about Chloe is that she was calm, collected, and didn't blabber on to everyone about her memory gap. However I kind of disliked her naiveté in reading people and the situation she is in. Maybe the author made the readers too observant but when Chloe would speak to people, sentences like "He's suddenly jittery and distracted. Shuffling papers and checking his phone" would always be present and very obvious to us. Chloe is making this observation, and it wasn't the first or last observation she has made that is like that so I kept on hoping she would confront these people but nothing, nada. I also wished she confided in her parents but her mother is a nightmare, she herself needs to get into therapy for her constant anxiety, so I somewhat understood her difficult situation.
    Reading Six Months Later was like watching an episode from a crime/police show (think The Mentalist if it was pre-death, or Criminal Minds) with that heavy feeling on your shoulder that something is up and something big is going down at the end of the episode, or book in this case. I always eat that up. I know I got frustrated in the process but I still needed to know what the deal is with the memory loss and the sudden shoot up of Chloe's IQ and popularity. Natalie D. Richards narrates it in a way that doesn't give anything away so you are seriously left making up the randomest and weirdest theories to try and figure out ahead of time what the plot twist is.. and no, I wasn't able to guess, at all. There is romance in Six Months Later and I thought it was very adorable and stomach butterfly inducing. The characters are all very mysterious, to keep them suspicious, so you don't get to find much about most of them but they all felt like they had a legitimate backstory and history that is purposefully kept away from us on purpose.
    I am a sucker for mystery novels, but I AM picky regarding them since I watch so many mystery shows that I can now accurately predict plot twists left and right. Which is why it is hard for me to really enjoy a mystery novel but Six Months Later was fantastic. I definitely recommend it to mystery novel fans.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    4.5 Stars 'Six Months Later' is a phenomenal young adult myster

    4.5 Stars

    'Six Months Later' is a phenomenal young adult mystery/thriller novel that tells the story of Chloe - at least the parts that she remembers. Chloe remembers closing her eyes for a quick nap in study hall one day in spring of her junior year. When she opens her eyes, she's horrified to find that six months have passed and she can't remember any of it. She wasn't in an accident and hasn't been in a coma - so where have the last six months of her life gone? Chloe decides that she needs to remember what or who did this to her so she can get her life back. Although, the new Chloe seems to have the perfect life. She's dating Blake, the hottest guy in school who she's been crushing on for the past three years, she has tons of popular friends, amazing grades and she rocked the SATs. So why does all of it seem like such a lie? Why can't she remember any of it and why does the thought of it make her so panicked? Determined to remember what happened, Chloe sets out on a mission to recover her past - although remembering just might get her killed.

    I absolutely love thriller novels and this one definitely did not leave me disappointed. I was immediately intrigued by the description of the book - how exactly does one lose six months of memories while being seemingly alive and well? The plot was a unique idea and a fresh breath of air into the YA mystery/thriller scene. I loved trying to piece together the clues that Chloe remembered and what she could dig up, so I could try to figure it all out before she did. I only got so far before the author threw in some great twists and turns, which left me clueless. I know the author has great writing ability if they're able to pull one over on me - especially in a mystery ordeal like this one. The characters were realistic and easy to identify with, especially our main character Chloe. I would've been in the exact same spot she found herself in after realizing she lost six months of her memories and her life. She's resourceful, smart, determined, strong, and dedicated to finding out the truth. The other minor characters in the book were well written too with distinct personalities and flaws that made them unique. The writing was fast paced and kept me on my toes with all the various twists and turns thrown in - I ended up getting sucked into the book from the first page and reading it through in one sitting. I couldn't stop until I figured out what had happened and how it would all play out in the end. This is definitely an author to watch and I'll be eagerly awaiting her next release. Highly recommended for fans of YA mysteries, suspense, and thrillers.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    Chloe was not the perfect or ideal anything. She was close to be

    Chloe was not the perfect or ideal anything. She was close to being a delinquent, had sub par grades, and a sub par social life until she woke up six months later from a routine nap to find out she wasn’t the person anymore. But, can’t remember how. 




    A lot can happen in six months. Even more can happen when you wake up from a nap to discover you can’t remember the past six months of your life; and, you weren’t in a coma, hospitalized, or Rip Van Winkle. High School Senior Chloe can’t remember the past six months. The much better grades, the boyfriend she only dreamed about, new friends and social life, and her best friend not talking to her. She can’t remember the study group she participated in that changed everything. Or, why she is the only person a fellow student thinks has the answers. Her doctors say she is normal; all tests coming back clear. Her mother doesn’t understand Chloe’s new awareness of not being aware. Chloe is a mess. What starts to develop is even more so.




    I have never really read a young adult thriller, or mystery novel. I didn’t realize this one would be it. I am happy to report, I am so happy I was allowed to review this book. There was a new twist, turn, and plot device thrown at me on every page. The end is not what I expected. Nor, the middle truthfully. I was shocked by everything that happened. I loved it! I loved guessing after each page and being wrong. Chloe was a great character. I wanted to be her crime solving sidekick as she slowly pieced her life back together. Back together isn’t entirely true. Her life would never be the same. That was one of the best parts, her character growth. She never just let what happen to her take its toll on her. She fought back. Proved to her mother that something was wrong.




    This novel was extremely well-written. Something character growth can be hard, especially in a mystery/thriller setting. But, the way Chloe matured, both internally and with her interpersonal relationships, was really well-written. I didn’t feel confused with each turn and twist. There was nothing expected about this novel at all. I didn’t see certain turns of events coming. It is nice to read a book like this where I am just as surprised as the fictional character. My heart was beating with her.




    Six Months Later is a real page turner. Even reading it on my Nook, I kept wanting the next page to come. I couldn’t swipe fast enough. In about two sittings, I finished this book sad it was finished. I couldn’t decide what to read next because this book was just too great to be compared to anything else. If you like suspense, a mini whodunit, or want to discover someone new, this book is for you. It makes you think. And, participate really. I am not a fan of thrillers, I passed on Gone Girl. But, with this book, I’m glad I didn’t. I will definitely keep an eye out for this author. I just enjoyed this book so much. If you read it, there will be no regrets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    One of the most important parts independent presses play in the


    One of the most important parts independent presses play in the book industry is in giving a voice to many authors and subgenres that the larger publishers fail to take on. In today’s world of extensive self-publishing, I think those small but traditional presses are even more important because so many of the self-publishers jump into the favorite themes of the day and struggle to make their work unique. I’m a huge fan of the currently popular young adult dystopian and post-apocalyptic—and will continue reading as much of it as I can find—but have long felt that there isn’t enough good young adult mystery fiction. I have found some, to be sure, but it’s just not a widely-populated field.

    And then along came a chance to review Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards and it *sounded* like the kind of young adult mystery I’ve been looking for. Imagine my delight when I found that this is precisely the right book. Ms. Richards clearly knows how to construct a mystery with puzzles and red herrings galore and she even manages to make the romantic angle a puzzle, too, as the reader is just as confused as Chloe when it comes to the two boys in her life, Blake and Adam.

    Character development is a strong element here and, except for the gaps in Chloe’s memory that naturally create holes in what we know about her, I really felt a connection to nearly all the main players (those connections not necessarily being favorable). I even found the requisite romance—it’s difficult to find a young adult novel without at least a hint of hormonal-activity-that-simply-must-be-true-love—to be believable and Chloe’s mother’s demanding attitude is just like some other parents I’ve known. My favorite character, though, is Maggie, a girl who has been betrayed and is having a hard time forgiving. Maggie is also an integral part of why I like Chloe so much—she values friendship and loyalty to the highest degree.

    And then there’s the plot. There are a few little flaws here and there but this is a throat-grabbing thrill ride that just won’t ease up on the questions and the suspense. I can’t say much about it without spoilers so let me just tell you this—my daughter and I were heading home after a road trip and it was getting dark. I had mistakenly packed my ereader light in the suitcase I couldn’t get to so I kept cranking up the font size to get just one more sentence, one more word before total darkness descended. Then, when we got home, I fed the cat, did a fast check of my email and settled down for the night with my Nook. I didn’t stop reading till the very end because I quite simply couldn’t. This book is that good.

    When this author publishes her next YA mystery, I intend to snatch it up as soon as I possibly can. Ms. Richards, you need to write faster ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Great Read, Got a Chance to read the ARC, The Beginning is just

    Great Read, Got a Chance to read the ARC, The Beginning is just creepy, I can't imagine falling asleep in class, and waking up 6 months later with all new friends and a whole new life.

    The Plot keeps you riveted, and just when you think you have figured it out, Richards throws you a new curve.

    The writing style is very witty, and the Dialog is so natural, I was not just reading the conversations I was hearing them.

    Great characters, once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I read it in 2 days, very unusual for me to finish a book this quickly

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    Wonderful YA Thriller I really enjoyed Six Months Later.  Imagin

    Wonderful YA Thriller
    I really enjoyed Six Months Later.  Imagine a row of books that are all in similar shades of pastel, nothing wrong with pastel mind you, but then imagine one that just pops out like a neon light....well that is what Six Months Later was like for me.  It just stood out among the many books I have read lately providing such a refreshing and much needed change of pace.  Six Months Later is a YA thriller that had the feel of reading a movie to me.  One day in study hall, Chloe falls asleep.  When she awakens, it is no longer May, but wintertime. There is snow on the ground, it's cold, and it's dark outside.  Chloe as a major WTH has happened moment, knowing something is terribly wrong.  She has dirt under her fingernails, she isn't wearing the same clothes, and when she checks her cell phone she finds that it is November, six months later than the last thing she remembers.  To say she is freaked out is putting it mildly.  When she fell asleep, she was your average student, not really too popular, but not in the unpopular crowd either.  Now, she finds that not only is she in the popular crowd, she's aced her SAT, her best friend Maggie won't even speak to her, and she's supposedly dating the high school jock Blake, who she has crushed on what seems like forever.  Yet when she is around Blake, when he touches her, she can't understand why it totally creeps her out, and why when she sees or is around hottie bad boy Adam Reed, she wants to just melt in a puddle, and feels like he is the only one she can trust.   




    Desperate to find out what has happened, but not wanting to give too much away for fear of being labeled totally nuts and wind up institutionalized, she reveals just enough to her parents to let them know she's having a "memory issue," and begins to try to find out what's happened to her, trying to figure out who she can trust, and who she can't.  As she digs deeper into this mystery it seems that for every answer she finds, she has just as many if not more questions.  Chloe knows something is terribly wrong, even dangerous, as she gets closer to finding the truth she seeks.  




    Six Months Later is filled with mystery, suspense, and yes, romance.  I totally loved Chloe's character.  She is snarky, determined, and her inner dialogue had me laughing so many times.  I also really liked hottie bad boy Adam.  There was a lot more to him that meets the eye, and the chemistry between he and Chloe was electric.  Maggie, Chloe's best friend was really great to, but Blake definitely had the creeper vibe going on.  The story is fast paced and kept me turning the pages to see what happened next.  I don't want to give too much away, because the mystery is what makes the story so good.  I was able to figure out somethings, and other things were surprising as the truth began to unravel.  Six Months Later is filled with mystery, suspense, danger, romance, and just the right amount of humor, and has that thriller feel that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely would recommend it.  

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    I LOVED this book. For so many reasons. First of all, the writin

    I LOVED this book. For so many reasons. First of all, the writing is just gorgeous. This book is filled with lines like this: "I lean closer to the window, but the snow refuses to be anything other than what it is. It falls thickly on the brown grass, clinging to the spindly branches of barren trees." I love it when words roll around my tongue like a mouthful of jewels -- and Richards manages to create this sensation without distracting one bit from the story.




    Then, there's the suspense. The way Richards tells the story had me glued to the pages. I HAD to find out why, why, why, and I could not put down the book until I found out! Truth be told, I don't really like to be scared. And this book is darn creepy. But Richards mixes so much intrigue with the "creep" factor that I didn't even mind the chills running up my spine. From lines like, "Boyfriend is my job, not yours," to pillars of the community who suddenly disappear, to psychiatrists who don't tell the truth, I was hooked from beginning to end.




    And finally, there are the characters. Funny, irreverent, loving, and real. They're the kind of characters you wish were real so you could hang out with them all afternoon.




    All in all, this book is a must-read!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    This book kept me wondering and guessing until the very end!  Th

    This book kept me wondering and guessing until the very end!  The beginning sucked me right in - I loved Chloe, the main character, from the start and the other characters in the story all seem real and compelling.  I kept wondering about the mystery, which kept me turning the pages, and more than once I got chills from being creeped out.  
    If you like a mystery story where it's hard to figure out the ending, read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Loved this book! It grabs you from the very beginning and doesn'

    Loved this book! It grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go to the very end. For anyone who feels the pressure of trying to do it all and be it all in high school--you will completely relate the problems Chloe faces. But the part you won't guess is how creepy and twisted it gets for her. You'll be thinking, "Wow, be careful what you wish for!" I can't say enough good stuff about this book. It's an absolute MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Fabulous!

    Great characters, interesting plot, and very well written. I loved reading this and can't wait for her to write more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    A killer YA suspense novel that I couldn't put down. I couldn't

    A killer YA suspense novel that I couldn't put down. I couldn't. Chloe was relateable and smart, and her quest to discover what happened to her in those missing 6 months was fast paced and very well done. And then there's Adam. Sigh. I wanted more of him in this book, and the scenes with him and Chloe were supercharged. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys YA thrillers/suspense. I hope this is a series! More Chloe and Adam, please!

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

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    Chloe Spinnaker falls asleep in study hall and wakes up six mont

    Chloe Spinnaker falls asleep in study hall and wakes up six months later.  She can't remember what happened in that gap, she doesn't know why she's in a classroom at night with the school's bad boy.  Chloe looks for answers up until the end of the novel.  

    It's very fast paced, which I enjoyed.  I read it in only a few days.  There is a lot of red herrings in this novel.  I was guessing until the very end of the story.  Chloe and Maggie are wonderful heroines and very relatable.  I can relate to all the characters., as they are very realistic.  The dialogue was filled with wit, something I enjoyed throughout the novel.  The ending was shocking, but made sense.

    I was never a fan of this genre until I read Six Months Later.  As I said before, this novel kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning until the end.  I believe this is a novel that would appeal to all readers, as long as they love action and suspense filled novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

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    I cant lie when i first started reading this book i thought it w

    I cant lie when i first started reading this book i thought it would be another romance novel like all the other ones i've read , but then I seemed more hooked to the pages . Everytime a clue was found the more i put two and to together of what happened. I must say i was shocked at how fast I read this book and became in love with it. I STRONGLY recommend this book to everyone who loves a mystery with a twist 

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    I haven't been in the habit of reading Young Adult in the last


    I haven't been in the habit of reading Young Adult in the last year or so, but when I do, I tend to enjoy a good suspense or mystery. Six Months Later delivered in that respect. I spent the first seventy-five percent of the story trying to solve what was going on with Chloe, and the rest wondering how the fallout would go down. This definitely kept my attention throughout. No easy feat with a mind like mine.

    Six Months Later had several aspects that worked well for me. Of course, as I've already mentioned, the well-developed mystery, but I also enjoyed the characters and the way the story unfolded. Chloe was an engaging protagonist. I appreciated that she was a average. Average student, average popularity, and seemed to be genuinely okay with that. She didn't spend her time coveting the top of the popularity pile, and isn't happy when she "wakes up" in that very position. We also get a cast of secondary characters: Mags, the supportive best friend, well-meaning but annoying parents, the suspicious psychologist, the seemingly perfect boyfriend, and the brooding bad boy who may be a hero, or another baddie. Each character had an important place in the story.

    Six Months Later opens with a "normal" beginning, and the mysterious changes happen shortly thereafter when Chloe wakes up six months in the future. Is she ill, or has her memory been tampered with? I love mysteries that pose this question, it's a true mind game. I ended up not being completely surprised by the answer to the puzzle, but appreciated the reason for the nefarious actions. The ending left me satisfied instead of angry or disbelieving.

    If you love Young Adult, or just a good mystery in general, Six Months Later is definitely worth a try.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    I picked up Six Months Later because I was intrigued by the prem

    I picked up Six Months Later because I was intrigued by the premise: a girl falls asleep in class and wakes up six months later with her life completely different. What the heck happened?




    From the beginning I was riveted to the story. First of all, it was very readable--I like the author's voice and the way she told the story. I thought the plot was unique and it kept me at the edge of my seat, but I'm not going to say more about it because saying more than the description above will be spoiler-y.




    The characters were great. Chloe was awesome: she's smart, stubborn and resourceful. She wanted answers and nothing will stop her but she wasn't one of those typical can-do-all characters in mystery novels--she had others to help her figure out what was going on, which was nice to see. I liked her ex-best friend Maggie too. She had a stutter and I really felt for her but she's a strong character as well beneath her struggles. I rooted for Chloe and Maggie to be friends again. Although it's not the main focus of the story, there is a romance and the love interest Adam was just a great guy.




    The psychological mystery aspect of the novel was set up very well. I love reading mysteries to begin with and I can usually figure out what is happening or who the bad guy is, but Six Months Later I was kept guessing. However, like other reviewers have already mentioned, there was some parts where I wished we were given more. I had questions about Julien and Dr. Kirkpatrick that weren't answered and left me wondering.




    But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Six Months Later. The plot was riveting and fast-paced, the main characters were fleshed out and I quickly devoured the novel. It was just a really unique read. If you like mysteries or psychological thrillers type of reads, Six Months Later is for you.

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

    Six Months Later had me thinking the entire time I was reading a

    Six Months Later had me thinking the entire time I was reading about who was "good" and who was "bad". The only instinct I had at the very beginning was that I didn't like Blake, I couldn't figure out why, but I just thought that there was something about him that seemed off. 




    I didn't really have a favourite character in this book, as I could not connect with any of them simply because I have never been (and hope to never be) in this kind of situation! I cannot imagine what Chloe was going through in her head, losing six whole months, so many things change that we don't even think about, like the weather, clothes, technology, maybe even our friends, especially at her age. 




    I loved the way that the author wrote this one, there were situations that I thought for sure that she was going to let it be known that she could not remember, especially when she first wakes up and Adam is there because she called him, and she doesn't understand because before she went to sleep they had not even talked at all.




    I had so many theories going on in my head the whole time, like was her Mom in on it, because it seemed like it to me for sure, the way she was always going on about how good she was doing now, and how she was going to get in to a great school and Chloe knew that this is what her Mom had always pushed her to do. She had never felt this kind of pressure from her Dad, and still didn't.




    I highly suggest this book to anyone looking for a bit of a mystery and even some action at the end when everything is starting to come together. I will admit I had a couple things figured out, but not everything, and that was awesome, I don't like knowing everything until the end of these kinds of books. I give this one a 4/5!

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    Posted November 29, 2013

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