Monday, May 7, 2012

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

For nearly a year, Luna has been dealing with the death of her mother who was a famous model.  When her movie-director father begins seeing someone new, Luna decides to pay a visit to her mother's studio which has been abandoned since her death.  There, she finds her mom's cell phone with seven new voice mail messages on it.  Luna opens the first one which starts her on an investigation into secrets her mother was keeping and what actually happened at the accident that caused her death.  With the help of the boy across the street, Luna discovers many things about her mother and father that surprise her.  This book has an intriguing premise and kept me interested throughout but I found myself annoyed when I finished because it didn't live up to my expectations.  The author hints throughout the book that there is more to be discovered about Luna's mother but most of the revelations are done about halfway in.  Several reviews are skeptical of the friendship between Luna and the adult model but that didn't bother me as much as the ease with which Luna becomes a famous photographer.  I just feel a bit deflated after waiting for something huge to happen.