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Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around - Don't Turn Around was well-written and plotted and kept my attention. But I never really connected to any of the characters. The blurb says Noa is supposed to be some kind of Junior Lisbeth Salander, but Lisbeth has a lot of vulnerability and is way more complex. Noa and Peter didn't grow and change at all as characters, they just ran around being awesome.That brings me to another issue: Don't Turn Around had that "kids can save the world" trope that my teen reviewers often complain about -- the kids are the smart ones and the adults are inept. That kind of Home Alone stuff delights the elementary school set to no end, but I think it doesn't work in a book for teens.So this book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It was an enjoyable read, but not a super-memorable one.