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Publisher's Note:

Something is not right with Nadia Cara. While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she's become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen. Can Nadia be rescued or will she simply lose herself altogether? Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is a celebration of language, beauty, imagination, and the salvation of love.…

One Thing Stolen

by Beth Kephart

Overall Book Review:

I have had an E-galley of this book on my Kindle for ages. I finally ran across it at a local library and picked it up, as having a real book in my hand is my preferred method of reading. This book is definitely going on my list of books to re-read in the future. It has all of the things I was expecting and more; I could hardly put it down.

First, the protagonist is a teen girl with a problem, or a few problems–something I can relate to. Nadia has always been a typical girl. She had a best friend, hobbies, crushes, but when she moved to a different country something shifted in her, and all of a sudden, not only do those around her find it hard to recognize her, but she isn’t sure who she is anymore. This book deals with some tough issues, such as mental illness, shoplifting, and leaving home. All of these things are something a teen might run into sooner or later in their life, and even if they don’t, it can be interesting to read about.

My favorite parts of this book were when Nadia was being “bad”. There were times when she felt compelled to do things the old her would never do, and not only was I surprised at some of the risks she took, but I think she was, too. Add in a mysterious boy and worried parents, and you have a story that will keep you entertained up to the last page. I would highly recommend this book to any teen (or adult!) looking for a book that is short, sweet, and also serious.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations; 2 mild obscenities; 1 scatological word.

Violence/Gore:  An adult is mentioned to have perished in a flood; a storm ruins a garden; a character is mentioned to die from a fall, with no detail; a minor injures hand, some blood is mentioned; a suicide attempt is referred to; a shooting is referred to; a serious mental disability is diagnosed.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss on the cheek; a brief scene involving minors kissing occurs.

Mature Subject Matter:

Mental illness, crime, family/personal crises.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink wine; an adult is mentioned to smoke.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.