Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense
Are You Still There delves into so many deep and dark places.
The story line follows Gabriella after a bomb threat at her school. She is stuck in the bathroom during this time. This begins the series of psychological games played on her.
Gabi is such a strong character and I was very intrigued as she started to unravel the mystery. The great thing about this book is the suspense it holds throughout. I absolutely loved the Strangers' Manifesto that was sprinkled throughout the novel. It was my favorite part of the entire novel. Without it, I probably would have rated this a three. But the addition was intriguing and creepy and very real. The 'Stranger' was such a unique and intellectual individual that I found myself begging for more insight from him. I applaud the author for creating such a real person with psychological problems. It was so realistic.
I also really enjoyed Janae. She was just plain awesome. She was one of my favorite characters. I found myself not caring too much about all of the characters. I cared about the Stranger and Janae and felt a little bit for Gabi and her sister, Chloe. That was the hardest part to read, when I wasn't connecting to the characters. There were more moments that I connected than didn't but it was still difficult in those moments,
This novel was very interesting and I would definitely read more by the author. Although this isn't my favorite book, or even close to it, for the year I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.