Girl from Nowhere
Published July 21, 2020
About Girl from Nowhere
Ninety-four countries. Thirty-one schools. Two bullets.
Now it’s over…or so she thinks.
Sophia arrives in Montana with the promise of a normal high school experience. But after a turbulent few years abroad with her diplomat parents, forgetting the past is easier said than done. After all, “normal” high schoolers aren’t trained in several forms of combat.
Then Sophia meets Aksel and finds herself opening up in ways she never thought she could. Except Sophia’s past is about to catch up with her, and she must confront who she really is, why she was betrayed, and what she is capable of in the name of love and survival.
Full of heart-stopping action and breathtaking romance, this cinematic debut features a girl willing to risk everything to save the life she built for herself.
Red Sparrow meets One of Us Is Lying in this action-packed, romance-filled YA debut about a girl trying to outrun her past.
My favorite part about GIRL FROM NOWHERE is the pacing. All the way through, it has this tense, cliff’s edge feeling to it. I needed to know what was going to happen to her. I loved her struggle between her instincts for protection and her desire to be a normal girl in a small American town.
The toughest part of the book, for me, is that I found it hard to buy into the idea that she’d be as knowledgeable and trained as she is and only be a teenager. Being fluent in the number of languages she was, and on top of that being an expert on weapons, combat, wilderness survival, etc. It seemed like she would have had to be older to have expertise in ALL those things. Aksel seemed like he should have been older, too.
For the most part, though, I was happy to give into a willing suspension of disbelief and follow the wild ride of the story through all its twists and turns. I think fans of GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart or FLOW LIKE WATER by Mark Burley will enjoy this world-crossing, intense book.
Recommended for Ages 14 up.
Most characters are white.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used infrequently. A few insults/curses in other languages.
Romance/Sexual Content – Trigger Warning
Kissing between boy and girl. References to threats of rape. (No details.) One boy presses Sophia for closeness that she doesn’t want– putting his arm around her and trying to get her to get in his car with him. He says unkind things to her after she refuses.
Violent Content – Trigger Warning
A grizzly bear starts to attack a girl. An avalanche traps two people in a car. References to kidnapping and torture. Some brief scenes showing kidnapping. A man tortures a prisoner, beating and shooting him when he doesn’t give up information.
Several gunfights in which multiple people are killed. Sophia keeps a gun under her pillow and a knife on her for protection.
A woman is forced to jump from a plane without a parachute.
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