Title: The Girl With The Wrong Name
Author: Barnabas Miller
Publication: November 3rd 2015 by Soho Teen
Source: Publisher at ALA Annual
Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Theo Lane has been hiding half of her face from the public ever since “The Night In Question,” a night that left her with a long, disfiguring scar, an unquiet mind, and no memory of what happened. An aspiring documentary maker, she uses her camera to keep the world at a safe distance, shooting hours of secret footage with a hidden button cam on her jacket collar. But when Andy Reese, a forlorn and mysterious “Lost Boy,” wanders into her frame, he becomes the unknowing star of her latest project. Her unhealthy obsession with him tears her from that sheltered life behind the camera, pulling her into a perilous, mind-bending journey through Andy’s world. But is it really Andy’s world she’s investigating? Or is it her own?
The Girl With The Wrong Name is an intense thriller that will leave you both cowering under your blanket and wanting more because it takes you by such surprise. I underestimated this book and its ability to be creepy and psyche me out – big mistake. The plot of this book is so unpredictable you’ll be holding your breath while waiting on the edge of your seat to see what happens next. Barnabas Miller has created something breathtaking and exhilarating, something that you will never forget.
The Girl With The Wrong Name is about a filmmaker named Theo. She often wanders around the city with a hidden camera, capturing humans in their everyday, mundane lives – until she sees a sad looking boy in a café. She soon becomes fascinated with this boy named Andy. She is obsessed with figuring out why he was in the café, why he was sad, and who he is in general. She hangs around him, watching him, and she eventually figures out he is waiting to see the elusive girl he has fallen in love with. Long story short, Theo decides to help and everything sort of goes to hell from there.
Theo was a very interesting main character. She is snarky, moody, and has very low self-esteem. She hides behind her camera or in her room, which – despite certain aspects of her character – made her quite easy to relate to. I’m sure all of us have had those days where the only reason we can step foot outside is because we have something to hide behind, a book for example. The most interesting part, though, is that she is an unreliable narrator. It takes a little bit to catch on, but Theo doesn’t really sleep – which means some things she sees, hears, etc. aren’t actually happening or are distorted versions of the truth. This book turns into a game of “real or not real” on crack, but it is up to you to decide what to believe – which is what makes it so terrifying.
As I have said, the plot is entirely unpredictable – mostly due to the information mentioned above. The truth, or whatever seems to be the truth, is your own interpretation. What you think is happening could either be completely wrong or something else entirely. This is the kind of book with an ending that leaves you gasping for air. This is the kind of book that punches you in the gut and laughs at your pain. It’s creepy, suspenseful, and an all-around thrill ride.
Overall, The Girl With the Wrong Name is a book capable of changing the face of Young Adult Thrillers. Miller is a modern day Poe meets Stephen King. In the spirit of We Were Liars, Gone Girl, and Damage Done, The Girl With The Wrong name will lead you down a million little paths just to distract you from what is really going on. This book will leave you guessing and pondering about what the real meaning of truth is. It was spectacular.