Missing You (1-800-Where-R-You Series #5)

Missing You (1-800-Where-R-You Series #5)

by Meg Cabot


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ISBN-13: 9780060874308
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: 1-800-Where-R-You Series , #5
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 393,701
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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1-800-Where-R-You #5: Missing You

Chapter One

My name is Jessica Mastriani.

You might have heard of me. It's fine with me if you haven't, though. In fact, I kind of prefer it that way.

The reason you might have heard of me is that I'm the one the press kept calling "Lightning Girl," because I got struck by lightning a few years ago and developed this so-called psychic power to find missing people in my dreams.

It was this very big deal at the time. At least in Indiana, which is where I'm from. There was even a TV show about me, based on my life. It wasn't exactly based on my life. I mean, they made a lot of stuff up. Like about me going to Quantico to train as an FBI agent. That never happened. Oh, and they killed off my dad on the show, too. In real life, he's actually alive and well.

But I didn't mind (though my dad wasn't too happy about it) because they still had to pay me. For the right to use my name and my story and all of that. It ended up being quite a lot of money, even though the show is only on cable, not even one of the main networks.

My parents take the checks I get every month and invest them for me. I haven't even had to touch the capital yet. I just spend a little bit of the interest now and then, like when I run short on cash for food or the rent or whatever. Which isn't that often lately, because I've got a summer job, and all. Not the world's greatest job or anything. But at least it's not with the FBI, like on the TV show about me.

I did work for the FBI for a while. There was this special division, headed by this guy, Cyrus Krantz. I worked for them for almost a year.

See, it wasn't supposed to go the way it did. My life, I mean. First there was the whole getting struck by lightning thing. That so wasn't in the plans. Not that anyone—anyone sane, anyway—would choose to get struck by lightning and get psychic powers, because, trust me on this, it completely sucks. I mean, I guess it's all right for the people I helped.

But it was no bed of roses for me, believe me.

Then there was the war. Like the lightning, it just came from out of nowhere. And like the lightning, it changed everything. Not just the fact that suddenly, everyone on our street back in Indiana had an American flag in their front yard, and we were all glued to CNN 24/7. For me, a lot more changed than just that. I mean, I hadn't even finished high school yet, and still, Uncle Sam was all, "I want you."

And the thing was, they needed me. Really needed me. Innocent people were dying. What was I going to do, say no?

Although the truth is, I tried to say no at first. Until my brother Douglas—the one I'd always thought would be the most against my going—was the one who went, "Jess. What are you doing? You have to go."

So I went.

At first they said I could work from home. Which was good, because I really needed to finish twelfth grade, and all.

But there were people they needed to find, fast. What was I supposed to do? It was a war.

I know to most people, the war was, like, somewhere way over there. Your average American, I bet they didn't even think about it, except, you know, when they turned on the news at night and saw people getting blown up and stuff. "This many U.S. Marines were killed today," they'd say on the news. The next day, people heard, "We found this many terrorists hiding in a cave in the hills of Afghanistan."

Well, it wasn't like that for me. I didn't get to see the war on the news. Instead, I saw it live. Because I was there. I was there because I was the one telling them which of those caves to look in for those people they needed to find so badly.

I tried to do it from home at first, and then later, from Washington.

But a lot of times, when I'd tell them where to go look, they'd go there and then they'd come back and be all, "There's no one there."

But I knew they were wrong. Because I was never wrong. Or I guess I should say my power never was.

So finally I was like, "Look, just send me there, and I'll show you."

Some of the people I found, you heard about on the news. Other people I found, they kept secret. Some of the people I found, we couldn't get to, on account of where they were hiding, deep in the mountains. Some of the people I found, they decided just to keep tabs on, and wait it out. Some of the people I found ended up dead.

But I found them. I found them all.

And then the nightmares came. And I couldn't sleep anymore.

Which meant I couldn't find anyone anymore. Because I couldn't dream.

Posttraumatic stress syndrome. Or PTSS. That's what they called it, anyway. They tried everything they could think of to help me. Drugs. Therapy. A week by a big fancy pool in Dubai. None of it worked. I still couldn't sleep.

So, in the end, they sent me home, thinking maybe I'd get better there, once everything was back to normal again.

The problem with that was, when I got home? Everything wasn't back to normal again. Everything was different.

I guess that's not fair. I guess what it was, was that I was different. Not everyone else. I mean, you see stuff like that—kids screaming at you not to take their father, things blowing up . . .

1-800-Where-R-You #5: Missing You. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Missing You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book. I am so happy that there was another book written for the series. The writing is written in a way that seems friendly and readable for many ages. The characters are easy to get to know and fall in love with. Rob is my hero. He is so hot and so loveable. And his motorcycle... *sigh* If only there were more guys like Rob... :)I absolutely recommend this book. At fourteen I am in love with this series... No one will ever get sick of them... that I can guarentee. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meg Cabot was obviously in a hurry when trying to write the last book to this series. I've loved every single book expect this one, which seemed rushed and almost as if she didn't care if she wrote it or not. The series was left hanging for so long and then when we finally return to it it doesn't seem like the same story at all. Jess is suddenly all grown up which again makes it feel like i missed a secret book in the series that would fill me in on everything that happened before she graduated highschool and moved to new york. Instead were rushed through that information in the first chapter that never seems to end and is excruciatingly boring. I could go on and on about all the faults i saw in a book that i was so excited for but so incredibly let down. I would not recommend this book at all. Read the first 4 and leave it at this, it might just ruin the series for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good, but it could have been much better. I was disappointed to find that she had jumped ahead several years in the story and the book seemed slightly disconnected from what had happened previously.
PsychoCygnet More than 1 year ago
A disclaimer: It seems to me that your opinion of this book depends on what qualities you liked in the series. If you were in love with the tension between Jess and Rob, go ahead- buy this book now. But if you liked the action and tone of the earlier books, not to mention Jess' personality... then, like me, you might come out of this book feeling a little cheated. The book does not follow up on the cliffhanger in the last one- instead, Jess is several years older and has lost her psychic powers due to PTSD, because apparently the author decided that she needed to shove in a "War Is Bad!" lesson for her audience. The story itself is mostly focused on the changes that have taken place in Jess' life and hometown after the gap, along with the eventual happy ending of her relationship with Rob- the conflict that supposedly drives the story is barely present. Throughout most of the story, I felt like I was reading a completely different series with a completely different heroine- and not in a good way. Because of the fact that there was so much time separating this book from the last one, I couldn't even convince myself that she'd matured into that very different person- she went straight from being a girl who liked motorcycles and got into trouble to a rather serious young woman who was focused on reclaiming her life. If you don't mind any of that, then you'll probably still like this book. My opinion isn't everybody's. But if you're used to the other books, get ready for some serious mood whiplash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series was absolutely fantastic! I just love Rob, he is awesome! Out of the whole series I think that Missing You is my favorite, because of what happens to Rob and Jess! I was very happy with how the series ended! If you have not read this series, you should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome! In the 4th book I when I thought it was going to be the end of the series I was mad because I wanted to see how Jess's parents would react to the whole Rob thing and in this book we got to hear about that. I think that this was the perfect ending for Rob and Jess. I also loved the whole Ruth/Mike thing...it was funny and cute! Rob and Jess forever!
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 1-800-Where-R-You series by Meg Cabot is one of my favorites. One day walking home from school Jess was hit by lightning, after that whenever she slept she saw where missing children where. I love Jess¿s attitude, and Rob is one of my favorite characters.
schoolnurse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so glad the author decided to write this book to finish the series without leaving us hanging on story lines. I really enjoyed the series and the TV show that was on Lifetime a few years ago. It was nice how the series was mentioned in this last book too. I loved how Jess was such a spitfire and wise beyond her years. This series was so good I couldn't keep the books to myself so decided to donate my books to a school library.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a year of working for the U.S. government in their war against terror, things for Jess have finally returned to some semblance of normal. Normal if you consider that Jess returned suffering from night terrors, post-traumatic stress and the loss of her lightning girl ability to find people simply by looking at a picture of them. Jess is now working hard to put the past behind her until her former boyfriend, Rob, shows up at her front door needing her help. Seeing Rob again brings many old feelings and memories back to Jess, but will it be enough to pull her all the way back to herself?I read the first four books of the 1-800-Where-R-You series this past summer and loved them. This last book, while being much, much different, was not a disappointment. I got the impression that the author was feeling driven to write about something on the serious side of the current events without being preachy and this was her outlet. I enjoyed the story and although I was sad to see the series end, it was a satisfying resolution.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So the engagement, MAJOR AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW moment! I was never quite a fan of Jess/Rob, I thought Rob was a bit bad for her, but...wow! That was just *too* sweeet!!! And the SCRAPBOOK! Tears galore, I tell you! And Jess's mom was being a major , if i may say. Seriously. I think that this book skipped years because that's what was *supposed* to happen in books 5-8, but the stupid publishing ppl only let her write one more, sadness, but she most definitely pulled it off.AND THEY"RE ENGAGED! I can't get over that!Also, I think Mike/Ruth was really rushed, but I have nooo problem with that, because, once again, the limit on this being the last book. It's sweet though. And I still love Douglas! Still kinda waiting for the ENGAGEMENT shock to wear off. I mean...THEY'RE FREAKIN' ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOO!And I'm so glad Rob wasn't on probation for anything that serious! That was actually rather sweet, the swimming thing.
BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
Okay, so for those who don't know 1-800-Where-R-You is a series about Jess, who was a normal girl until she got hit by a lighting and started finding people and this is the last book of the series. The first thing that put me off on this book was the fact that it had passed so much time since the last one! On the fourth one Jess isn't even finished with high school or old enough to officially date Rob but them we start this one and years had passed, Jess had went to the army (!!) and was all messed up and I didn't even knew why she was messed up (I mean, in theory I knew, but I would have liked to read about that time too). Taking that away I had a great time with this book, as I always have with the books on this series (or just Meg Cabot books in general, really). We have a new case and Jess has a lot of things to over but most important, SHE IS FINALLY OLD ENOUGH TO DATE ROB!!! So yeah, lots of interesting things, super recommended to lovers of this series or of Meg Cabot books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in this series an I really loved it! It is a quick read but you really get into the main character's head. She starts in a place where she's just existing, for the most part. Lots of twists and turns follow (Jessica's life always seems to involve lots of twists and turns). I'm not going to say more about it if you haven't read it yet. You definitely need to read the previous books, beginning with "When Lightning Strikes," first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get read. Can't get enough of Jess and Rob.
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I honestly think that this is the best book in the 1-800-WHERE-R-U series. In the begining though, i was very frustrated 1). Rob was not in it. 2). They skipped 2 years of their life....... all together I would say that its wonderful, but you need to read the others, without reading to first 4, you will be completly lost.
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At firalst i didn't want to try this series. Im so glad i changed my mined Jess is so awesome and her story ends perfectly. This is one of my favorite series by meg cabot so far and ive read all american girl, princess diaries, andairhead just to say a few. Deffinetly worth buying! Read the rest of the series first though or you wontunderstand it! Awesome read!