The Most Wanted

The Most Wanted

by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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The Most Wanted by Jacquelyn Mitchard

A naive teenage girl in south Texas falls in love
with her prison pen pal. The object of her affection--a
charming, dangerously handsome young felon who romances her
through his letters to her. After a love affair that defies all
conventions, they marry and have a child while the father is
still imprisoned. But when he escapes prison to claim his wife
and child, what started as a passionate romance turns into a
terrifying ordeal of obsession and desire. The young girls only
hope is a fiercely dedicated public aid lawyer who is more of a
mother figure than the girl has ever known, and the only one
who can avert disaster for mother and child!

Praise for THE MOST WANTED: * "Poignantly told...Anyone who has
ever fallen for an unsuitable love will respond to Mitchard's
tale of the yearning that transcends reason."--People *
"Compelling, appealing, distinctive."--Chicago Tribune * "Even
more daring and powerful than her debut...superb."--Booklist *
"Mitchard has created unforgettable characters in evocative
Texas settings in this assured, accomplished, and achingly
lovely novel."--Library Journal * "Deeply affecting....readers
will undoubtably be engrossed."--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451196859
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author


Madison, Wisconsin

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A. in English, Rockford College, 1973

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Most Wanted 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
churchmousejsf More than 1 year ago
his book was left in the breakroom at my work, with nothing to read I picked it up and I could not put it down, I read on my breaks and lunches and at home to finish. I was caught up in the story telling of this book. It was liking watching a falling star, you just can't take your eye off of it. She gave the characters depth and a soul. It makes you realize you really have to go through the fire to see the light. I loved this book, I have read Deep End of The Oceana gong time ago and liked that book, but this was much better. I look forward to reading more of Jacquelyn's works. jackie
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A_Pain More than 1 year ago
I''m listening to the audio cassette for this book and only on cassette 1, but it's a great book so far. I am really enjoying it.
Great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over, I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found myself frustrated with the girl Arly. By the middle of the book I was no longer rooting for her. I did like that the book was easy to follow. I wouldnt recommend you spend money on it. Go to the library for this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unrealistic and dull. Weird sub-plots too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you passed over this book, take another look. I read Deep End of the Ocean by the same author and enjoyed this book every bit as much. At a little past middle age, I could identify with Arly, for letting her infatuation with Dillion cloud what judgement she had at fourteen, and with Annie for wanting so much for someone else it was hard to separate her desires for herself and her driving passion to see Arly become everything Annie thought she could be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just had to write in and say how much I loved reading this book. It's a wonderful read. The author should be rewarded with your purchase of her books, and you will be even more rewarded by reading both The Most Wanted & The Deep End of the Ocean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the Deep End of the Ocean a few years ago and did not care for it at all. I decided to give Jacquelyn Mitchard another shot, so I picked this up a couple of weeks ago. I was once again completely disappointed. It was almost painful for me to get through this entire book, but I already had some time invested in reading it, so I continued to through the end. The plot was not realistic, especially with the subplots towards the end of the book...with the main character's sister and another character that end's up being the 'hero' at the end. This book could have been condensed to half its length and told the same story. The storytelling just did not keep me interested. There were too many extraneous words & thoughts that were not necessary. Bottom line....I would rather spend my time watching paint dry on the walls than to pick up another Jacquelyn Mitchard novel.