Book Review: Graham's Charlotte by: Drew Farnsworth

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Columbus Books Press

Publication Date: April 17, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: When a mysterious stranger gives Mads Riley a cell phone that knows everything, her life changes forever. Mads has the power to unlock the secrets of the universe-past, present and future. The phone predicts earthquakes, tells her what's on the other side of a locked door, and even reveals the trick to get out of last night's math homework. Mads is soon asked to use the device to break into the most heavily defended spy agency in the world. She's told it's the only way to save her mother's life. Will her mission save someone she loves, or is she betraying the country that her father died for?

Review: Mads Riley is a smart girl and while in an airport on a trip with her Spanish class, she’s slipped a cell phone with some amazing abilities. It can give her all sorts of information about the past, future, and present. Yet when she’s asked to potentially commit espionage to save her mother’s live, she’s not sure what the right decision is. She doesn’t want to betray her country or the memory of her heroic father, but she wants to save the only family she has left. GRAHAM’S CHARLOTTE is a novel of intrigue and the potential of technology, combined with the struggles of being a teenager. The story is engaging and I liked Mads, her strength and courage shone through. I felt as if the secondary characters were a less well-defined and the plot became looser toward the end of the book. After finishing GRAHAM’S CHARLOTTE, I was definitely left with more questions than answers. Perhaps there will be a sequel…

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