Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt--I'm Convinced YA Thrillers Were Put On This Earth To Disappoint Me

In this suspenseful and romantic teen thriller based on the “can’t pull your eyes away” series on Lifetime, one girl discovers that no matter how far you run from your problems, they will always find you.

For most of Candace’s life she never felt like she completely belonged. But nothing could prepare her for the shocking discovery that her parents have been concealing the truth about who she is and where she came from her entire life.

Feeling like her world has been turned upside down, and unable to trust the people she’s closest to, Candace runs away...right into the arms of an alluring stranger.

But while Candace and Toby have an undeniable connection, it's less certain what the future holds for them as Candace’s family and Toby’s less-than-legal lifestyle threaten to rip them apart.

As things start to spiral out of control, Candace must fight to understand her own identity...and who she can truly rely on.

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Missing at 17 reads as the lifetime movie it’s mentioned to emulate.

The title and cover are misleading in that they give you this idea—that you’re going to read a story about a girl/guy that’s gone missing—not quite!

The story is a tale of a girl who discovers a shocking secret—that changes the direction of her life. 

She runs away, and in her running—she meets Toby—who seems to get her in a way no one has before.

To call it thrilling or suspenseful—is a reach. No parts of the story are either thrilling or suspenseful. Not quite sure what they were trying to do here.

Candace aka Candy—reacts to a devastating secret by running away and acting out. Her actions are dangerous and not thought through.

Her meeting with Toby—felt like what would be the catalyst for the thrill—but it never came—which to be honest was quite disappointing.

At the core of the story are two people, who are trying to figure themselves out, and where they fit in the world—all the while trying not to lose each other, and this happens in the span of days. It’s quite fast paced in that regard.

As mentioned the book reads as a lifetime movie—the author is noted for having penned films like these for Lifetime and the like.

To be frank the book would have been better portrayed as film. Not because it reads as a script, but because the story itself is pretty one dimensional—being simply read as a novel.

The book is far from the worst, but it just doesn’t do much as a novel.
However, if you’re a Lifetime movie on a Saturday night kind of gal/guy this book is perfect for you. It has all the drama, and angst to meet your needs.


  1. I have to admit a lot of them are disappointing, mostly because they are so darn predictable. So sorry this disappointed.

    1. Me too! A part of me was hoping for something different.

  2. Aww I'm sorry to hear this was such a miss. To be honest, I pretty much don't touch YA thrillers because I don't enjoy them most of the time. I am currently reading one that's adult and pretty catchy. It's called Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh if you want to check it out :)

    1. I'm definitely willing to give it a try. I love a GOOD mystery!

  3. Good YA Mysteries are hard to find!!! I've been on a mission for like 3 years to wade through and find them-- and I usually find 2 or 3 per year, but the rest of them are BLAH. This one sounds pretty BLAH and Instalove, so no thanks-- though I like the title!!

  4. I haven't really read that many YA mysteries or thrillers. If I do read mystery or thriller it always tends to be adult fiction and I enjoy them. It sounds like this one was lacking the depth that would take it to the next level, but like it was an alright read.

  5. Guess I missed the part where you talked about all the suspense and the thrills? No? Well, damn. Thanks for the reminder of why I avoid YA “thrillers” like the plague. *sigh*