Everything has been downhill since Zoey Trask’s mother was murdered in a random mugging Her younger brother Ben is on the autistic spectrum and needs constant supervision It’s senior year and she’s the new girl at a weird private school in Old Town Alexandria VA full of kids who seem too nice to be true including a very cute boy named Pete Aside from half forgotten martial arts and survivalist skills that her widowed father insisted on teaching her because that is excellent for her social life Zoey has nothing to offer Pete or anyone elseThen Dad is kidnapped Zoey suddenly finds herself sole caretaker of a younger brother she barely understands Worse Ben seems to hold the key to their father’s disappearance in his Dream Diary a bizarre journal of names and places Ben claims their mother shares from beyond the grave And as if Zoey doesn’t have enough on her plate there’s Pete who stubbornly refuses to leave her sideRelying on the skills she never wanted to learn Dad might have had his reasons after all Zoey is plunged into a lethal battle to rescue her father protect her brother and determine the identity of her family’s true enemy


10 thoughts on “Save the Enemy

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    I really loved my friend Arin's book It's fast paced funny and blurbed by Gary Shteyngart Arin is a quirky delightfully absurd writer and both her novels Tropical Depression and Save the Enemy are charming and really fun to readSave the Enemy has the plot of a thriller but on a deeper level it's about the main character Zoey's adolescent search for her identity She is empathetic and imaginative and the suggestion is that her late mother was too but her father and brother the two dominant figures in her family are rational and almost programmatic in their thinking and approach to life On the surface of the story she is solving the mysterious crime of her mother's murder and her father's kidnapping but underneath Zoey is navigating between the poles of who she is and who she thinks she ought to be A thoughtful YA thriller that will make you smile