Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Nearly Boswell used to have money. Then her father disappeared; her mother became a strip-tease dancer; they moved into a trailer park. Now Nearly reads the personals in the local paper. At first, it was because she saw an ad that seemed like her dad was trying to get in touch with her. Later it was just something that seemed to express her own loneliness. She still has a friend from those earlier days, wealthy Jeremy, and a friend in science class, Anh Bui, who is also trying for the same scholarship Nearly needs to go to college.
One other thing about Nearly- she can sense feelings when she touches someone - so she avoids touching anyone.
Every Friday, a personal ad now appears in the paper, leaving a scientific clue about a crime: a hurt cheerleader, a dead cat, and then a string of murders.
Nearly tries to solve the mystery, aided--and distracted--by the new "bad boy in town" Reece, who hangs out with the drug dealer in her trailer park; has a police record; and attracts Nearly to an extent she doesn’t understand. She wants to touch him.
This is one story that will leave you sweating, looking for clues, wanting to throw things, but definitely engaged. Can you guess the killer before the last person is killed? I doubt it.
One last thing- who names their child Nearly and why???
The story will draw the teen crowd, but the violence and sexual decisions place it with the 15 and up crowd.