Author: Tracy Clark
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover; ebook
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.
Mirage is a young adult contemporary thriller where the threat doesn't come from someone else, but from inside the main character herself. I was excited to read this book from the moment I read the description, and I wasn't disappointed. The concept of fighting a battle within oneself isn't necessarily a new one, but it hasn't been used in this way in a long time. The book is written in the first person point of view - from our main character's perspective - which made the entire story much more personal and suspenseful. I love the first person POV, and I think it was the perfect choice for the novel. Ryan was a fantastic main character and I enjoyed getting to know her - all of her - throughout the book. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I can't really say much more about the plot than what the description states. It's an interesting concept of self versus self - a raging battle between two sides of the same person. We all have aspects of ourselves that we hide or suppress as best we can, so this was a fascinating look at what can happen in someone's psyche. It's thrilling because it could possibly happen to you or someone you know - that aspect alone made the book thrilling. It's not the normal type of thriller that I'm used to reading, but it was a welcome change in the genre. I definitely recommend it to fans of thrillers, suspense, mysteries, and contemporary YA fiction!
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Tracy is a private pilot, an irredeemable dreamer, and a spicy-chocolate connoisseur.
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