They've gotten good grades - but that's not good enough. They've spent hours on community service - but that's not good enough. Finn and Chloe's advisor says that colleges have enough kids with good grades and perfect attendance, so Chloe decides they'll have to attract attention another way. She and Finn will stage Chloe's disappearance, and then, when CNN is on their doorstep and the nation is riveted, Finn will find and save her. It seems like the perfect plan - until things start to go wrong. Very wrong.
I was intrigued by the sound of Accomplice when I first read the back cover. It wasn't like anything I've read before so I was really excited to get into it.
The book is told from the point of view of Finley Jacobs, know as Finn, and follows her from just after the 'disappearance' of her best friend Chloe Caffery. Finn's the one who's having to deal with all the questions, the police, the media, their parents and classmates; pretending like she's just as worried and concerned with Chloe being missing, when in reality she knows Chloe's hiding out in Finn's grandma's basement reading trashy novels and eating junk food.The girls thought they's planned for every possibility of the staged kidnapping but it didn't take long for things to get out of hand and Finn's the one who's got to deal with it - alone.
On the emotional rollercoster that becomes Finn's life, the reader really gets to know her character, as well as that of Chloe, seen through a best friends eyes. It's hard not to like these two girls, despite their plan, as we see their insecurities. To start with I did think them to be a little immature for how old they were supposed to be, in fact until a short way into the book when it said that they were in their Junior year, I thought them to be about twelve or thirteen. However, through the book, as more details about the reason for doing what they did it doesn't seem so much. Also, they live in a small farming town and so naturally, wouldn't be so street savvy. In fact, it was refreshing to read of girls this age not being completely obsessed with boys and sex. That's not to say there wasn't a little romantic interest but it didn't take over the story or the characters.
There was also a good cast of other characters including omg parents! Actual real, present and developed parents! In a YA book!
I really liked Eireann Corrigan's writing style, it's simple with lots of dialogue and not too much overly flowery prose. It was easy to read and one of those books that you just had to keep reading a bit more. On more than one occasion I found myself reading well after I was supposed to have stopped to do something else - like sleep.
I will definitely be looking out for other books from this author.