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You Have Seven Messages    by Stewart Lewis order for
You Have Seven Messages
by Stewart Lewis
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Delacorte, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Fourteen-year-old Luna was at summer camp when her dad arrived to tell her about her mother's accident. She died after being run down by a cab. Luna has always felt there was more to the story than her dad told her and after a year of grief, she's ready to find out what really happened. She starts with a visit to her mother's studio which her dad kept although no one ever goes there. Her mother, an ex-model with a highly successful nonfiction book, wrote at her studio rather than at home.

On her first visit Luna finds her mother's cell telephone with seven unread messages. All had arrived the day her mother died. Luna decides to allow herself to open one message a day. This is to keep her mother close for a little longer, but also to give herself time to digest whatever's in the messages.

As she listens to the messages, she finds out her parents' relationship wasn't what she believed it to be. Her own life begins to change as she searches for the people who left the messages. She meets a model who admired her mother's book and takes Luna under her wing. She finally meets the boy across the street whose cello music she listens to every night through her window. And her photography becomes more than just a hobby.

This story hasn't much conflict. Luna isn't in danger and the only suspense comes in finding out how her mother died. Luna is a privileged child, living a dream life until her mother dies. Even now everything seems to fall into place for her. The main story question is what really happened to her mother and because Luna is a likable character and her voice is compelling, that was enough keep me reading.

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