What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando.

Paperback, 256 pages

Published May 6th, 2008 by MTV Books

Goodreads blurb: We were going to see the world together, Lindsay and I. We were going to eat it up, whole. But it didn’t happen that way. It didn’t happen that way at all….

When Chloe’s parents decide to take her to Europe the summer before senior year of high school, she’s ecstatic…she only wishes her best friend, Lindsay, could come too. Living in Las Vegas, they have long imagined the world through the casinos inspired by great cities and have vowed to travel the globe together someday. Unfortunately, Lindsay’s parents won’t agree to send her along.

So Chloe goes to Europe and sends postcards to Lindsay every day. But when she comes home, she must cope with shocking news that rips her family — and Lindsay’s — apart. And as she tries to uncover the truth about what happened, Chloe soon begins to feel that Lindsay’s brother, Noah, is the one person alive for whom she’d go to the ends of the earth….

I was blown away by What Happens Here. I’ve read it twice, but will definitely be reading it again (and again).

You may be dubious of the publishing situation. I know for me, when I see stuff that’s been published by Girlfriend or Dolly magazine, or even MTV, I automatically think ‘trashy’ (judging a book by it’s publisher, tsk, tsk). But ignore all of that (if it’s a problem for you) because you won’t regret reading this.

The writing is good, the characters are real (Noah is gorgeous, I love Chloe and Lindsay), the mystery is handled well.

Go forth, and read it!

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