18490532The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: ALAMW2014
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations – Goodreads

Review:

This is the story of three teens, Alexis, Nick and Ruby, who are part of the Portland Search and Rescue team. While they are looking for a lost, autistic man, they come upon a dead body. The story is told from four points of view, the three teens and the killer. Here is one of the genius things about this novel that rarely works with different POVs: I always knew which characters head I was in. There are many other YA novels out there with differing POVs where I had no idea who was talking. I never fell into that problem with The Body in the Woods. Even if I stopped reading in the middle, I was able to pick it up and still knew who was talking.

The three teens have extremely different backgrounds. Alexis is fighting demons by the name of her mother who is off her meds. Nick just wants to be good enough after his father died in the war, and Ruby just wants to fit in. No one really understands Ruby, including her own family. At point point Ruby and Alexis start to bond, but Alexis’ own demons make it hard for her to bond with anyone. Henry wrote a very realistic story involving friendship. The three form an awkward, yet real friendship which happens to involve solving a mystery.

A mystery which the adults want them to have nothing to do with. Ruby’s parents are freaked out. The cops are trying to keep them out of it, because they are teenagers. Of course, being teenagers they don’t stay out of it and continue to search. This helps them bond without any romance in the background. It’s about teens being teens and friendship. Well friendship with YA MURDER MYSTERY! Hearts in my eyes. I adored this book far more than I thought I would. I ended this book wanting more. *grabby hands*