Book Title: When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-U Series)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
Release Date: January 1, 2007
Jessica Mastriani has a gift. She can look at a picture of a missing child and wake up the next morning and know exactly where he or she is. She received this gift as a result of being caught in a lightning storm (where she hid underneath steel bleachers that got struck) on her way home from school. As soon as she realizes what she can do she begins putting her new gift to good use by contacting the 1-800-Where-R-U phone line and gives the operator tips about how and where to find these missing children. However, it isn’t long before the government catches wind of her ability.
Shortly thereafter, Jessica quickly learns that not only is the government after her for her abilities but also that sometimes there can be consequences to her findings – which is what put them on her trail to begin with. These consequences force Jess to make sure that from now on finding the missing child is done right. So with the FBI trailing her every move and a military base that wants to study her… What is a girl to do?
Overall, I was hooked from the first line. This was a very refreshing book to read due to the unique take on the heroine of the story. She is a strong and independent female character who fights for what she believes in and wants to use her newfound ability on her terms and no one else’s. What kept me invested in the story was how it kept me guessing. However, make no mistake that the mystery behind the missing child is enough to keep you intriguer, I really enjoyed the ‘romance’ between Jessica and Robbie. I also appreciated how her ‘romance’ with ‘bad boy’ Robbie was used to keep the reader in check and remind them that she was still just a teenage girl not to turn her into a damsel in distress. The reader is taken on a fast paced journey along with Jess while all she is trying to do is what she believes to be the right thing. This novel is action packed and will keep you guessing on every page all while making sure you get a good laugh.