Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

About the Book

Author: Jan Gangsei
Published Date: December 6, 2016
Published By: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368

Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished-and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the Oval Office after a tumultuous first term. Then the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold… but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the administration who find her timely return suspicious.

When a national security advisor approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could the girl he’s missed for all these years be a threat to the United States? Still, at the risk of having his own secrets exposed, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

He soon realizes that his old friend is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come home with a mission…but will she choose to complete it?

I’ll be honest and say I knew absolutely NOTHING about the book when I grabbed it off the table at the library! I walked in and saw the cover and the title made me interested, so I checked it out. I started it and couldn’t put it down. I’m not normally one who reads Young Adult books, and I didn’t realize I grabbed off the YA table when I grabbed it, but I grabbed 2 books off there (so watch for my next review to be about another YA book!) and they turned out to be really good!

One thing I will say is I want another book to follow up on that cliffhanger ending! The book was good. I liked Addie and Darrow. I was rooting for them the whole time. It would be a book I would let my 11-year-old read. There was kissing, but that was really as far as the sexual references going. I felt bad for Addie when she was returned to her parents. She had been out of the loop for 8 years, and less than 2 weeks after her return, she was thrown into parties with high profile politicians and stuff. I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be. Had she never been kidnapped, sure, she still might have been uncomfortable, but not to that extent.

Overall, I give the book 4 stars. I think had it not ended in such a cliffhanger, that would have given it the final star it needed to be 5!

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