This book definitely had my attention from the start. It begins with a traumatic scene at the new high school where Daphne is attending, a scene in which Jesse pretty much keeps her out of harm’s way. He instantly caught my attention. And if I’m being honest with myself, he’s probably the main reason I was so hooked to this book. I pictured him as Tom Welling playing Clark Kent, with his skinny tie and plastic frame glasses, dark wavy hair and dark eyes. Oh, and a hunky body, too!! Mysterious, smart, funny, respectable. Who doesn’t love all these qualities in their hero?!
I actually read this book in one sitting. The mystery of the brutal attack on the female student, January, had me intrigued. While the obvious choice in everyone’s eyes is Jesse because of his recent Predicted status, there are others who may have reasons for wanting to hurt January. Daphne wants to continue trusting and believing in Jesse, but it’s hard when she realizes he’s been hiding things from her. The truth may surprise some, but I suspected it above all others.
This story brought out some strong, angry emotions out of me! The mean girls? Hated them!! The parents of these mean girls? Hated them! The administrators for making the Predicteds list public and segregating the students on it? Hated them! The way the students and parents judged and discriminated against the Predicteds? Hated it! Do you see the trend here? Definitely wanted to yell at a few of these characters. Maybe even punch a couple of them. One person I really liked was Daphne’s mom, Melissa. She reminded me a little of Lorelai from Gilmore Girls.
While this book wasn’t the best thing I’ve read so far this year, I did enjoy it for the most part. I love when a book stays with me for days and Christine Seifert totally did this for me with The Predicteds. I look forward to seeing what else she has in store for us in the future.
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: September 1st 2011
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Young Adult
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Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse… sort of. He wants to be more than “just friends,” but there’s something he’s not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student’s capacity for drug use, pregnancy, and violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse-and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.