The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

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Something scary is happening to seventeen-year-old Jamie Tessman. Ever since she and her mother arrived in Chicago, she’s been plagued by freaky mind-slips and vivid daydreams about her sort-of boyfriend, Webb. When Jamie’s inner world starts taking her hostage and keeping her imprisoned for longer periods of time, she becomes terrified that she is slowly losing her mind.

Jamie’s mom doesn’t seem to notice anything is wrong. No one does—until Jamie meets Morgan, a new friend who’s had her own “brush with nuttiness.” When Jamie disappears into her inner world one night and can’t find her way out, Morgan sees to it that Jamie finally gets help. Morgan’s aunt, a psychiatrist, breaks through Jamie’s paralyzing fear and helps her unravel a tangle of long-forgotten, horrifying secrets in her past...

About Julie Reece Deaver

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Julie Reece Deaver has worked both as a teacher's aide and in television and has had her pen-and-ink drawings appear in such periodicals as The New Yorker and Reader's Digest. She is the author of Say Goodnight, Gracie, a 1988 Best Book for Young Adults (ALA) and a 1988 Recommended book for Reluctant Young Adult readers (ALA); First Wedding, Once Removed; and You Bet Your Life. Ms. Deaver lives in Pacific Grove, California.
Published May 14, 2013 by Simon Pulse. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Deaver plants somewhat clunky clues to Jamie's condition, and not many readers will be surprised when, midway through, Webb turns out to be imaginary, nor when Jamie, in treatment with Morgan's aunt, recovers the memory of the trauma that gave birth to him.

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Read this book to unravel the mystery of a day that splintered Jamie's world, to learn who Webb is, and to find out how Jamie gets on with her life.

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