They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman Book Review is here. The book is told from two different points of view, Stella and Ellie, sisters who are both on cross country. I really liked how the author went back and forth, telling the story from their different perspectives. It made it such an easy, fast read.
The book focuses on two female athletes: Stella and Ellie. Stella is more competitive than Ellie, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to win just as much as her sister. (I really enjoyed the sisterly competition in the book.) The sisters were the top two female runners on the team until the new girl Mila moved to town. Mila is even faster than Stella. When Mila is seen talking to Georgetown about a potential scholarship Stella sends her a few threatening text messages. Then, Mila goes missing. Did Stella follow through on her threats, or did something else happen to Mila?
This book covers important topics (parents struggling with alcohol addiction and abortion, to name a few). The author approached each subject with thoughtfulness, which showed in her writing. I was an athlete in high school and enjoy books about HS athletes. Fun fact: I was a terrible runner in high school. So, unfortunately, I can’t speak on the book’s correctness of the cross-country aspect. I know high school athletes drink and party. However, I’m not sure they would be drinking and staying up late that close to such a big race. They all knew scouts would be present to determine eligibility for possible scholarships.
They also threw a party to raise money for Mila’s mom. They knew she was the primary parent and was struggling financially. The money was going to assist in paying for a private investigator. I thought it was a neat idea. However, the detective handling the case knew the party was being held and that there would be alcohol served. It’s such a small detail, but it didn’t seem plausible to me.
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