What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen

64%

20 Critic Reviews

The one aspect of the novel that felt somewhat unrealistic is Sara's blossoming romance with Alex, the unattainable "hot boy" at a time when her mother has gone missing.
-LibrisNotes

Synopsis

In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive father—when her mother mysteriously disappears.

Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it.
     With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.
 

About Tracy Bilen

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Tracy Bilen is a high school teacher in Michigan, where she lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys cross-country skiing and walks in the woods. Visit Tracy online at TracyBilen.com and on Twitter at @TracyBilen.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Simon Pulse. 258 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for What She Left Behind
All: 20 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 01 2012

Sharp prose and an increasingly tense plot make this debut a page-turner.

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Wovenmyst

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace Hawkins on Jul 05 2012

A serious read with a light-hearted romance makes What She Left Behind an appealing young adult debut.

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Live to Read

Below average
Reviewed by Krystal Larson on May 03 2012

Because Sara is so isolated, reading about the loyalty and help she gets from Alex and Zach lessens the horror of her situation.

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Reading Writing Breathing

Good
Reviewed by HD on Apr 09 2012

What She Left Behind introduces a fresh new writer in this white knuckle, emotional thrill ride.

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LibrisNotes

Below average
Reviewed by Libris Notes on Jul 17 2012

The one aspect of the novel that felt somewhat unrealistic is Sara's blossoming romance with Alex, the unattainable "hot boy" at a time when her mother has gone missing.

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Born Bookish

Good
Reviewed by Born Bookish on Aug 14 2012

Bilen creates this incredibly realistic picture of an abusive relationship, as well as a heart-pounding mystery and a budding romance. This book has it all folks.

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Attack the Stacks

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Jul 27 2012

This was a surprising book for me. I thought it sounded really interesting based on the blurb, but I didn’t expect it to affect me the way it did.

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I Like These Books

Below average
Reviewed by Britta on May 10 2012

The book ends rather abruptly. I wish I could see a little bit of the emotional effects of what came next.

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The Readiacs

Good
Reviewed by Jaymes on Apr 28 2012

I highly suggest reading this book, it will tug at your heart strings.

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Jinxed Heart

Below average
Reviewed by Karen on Aug 27 2012

What probably bothered me about the book was the fast paced developing love between Sara and Alex.

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Jacqlineveve

Good
Reviewed by Jacqlineveve on Aug 27 2012

You will find this book is more than just a story, is a lesson of life and death and the struggle a teenager is going through for saving the one she loves.

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Olivia's Bookaholic Life

Good
Reviewed by Olivia Williams on Aug 23 2012

This is a very quick read. I just couldn't put it down. It was so easy to get into the story and feel for Sara with all the things she had to deal with.

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Just Another Story

Below average
Reviewed by Sara on Aug 16 2012

Novels that deal with heavy subjects, I believe, have a responsibility to their readers, and unfortunately I don't believe that What She Left Behind followed through.

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Pages From My Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Soumi on Jul 27 2012

I rarely read realistic fiction with issues, but I guaranty What She Left Behind is of the best of its kind.

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Mere Joyce

Good
Reviewed by Mere Joyce on Jul 20 2012

If you are looking for a story that is full of action, suspense, heartache, romance, unhappy endings, and some happy ones, I would definitely recommend this book.

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Books Are Diamonds

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on Jun 14 2012

Being a person whom had grown up in the same type of situation as Sara, I could relate to her fear and pain . . . Tracy did a wonderful job with writing this.

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The Write Stuff

Good
Reviewed by Rosi on Jun 10 2012

There is a terrific mystery to be solved by Sara braided tightly with a love story and the great back story of Sara’s family life.

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A Dutchie on Books

Below average
Reviewed by Kim on Jun 04 2012

I also didn’t really connect with Sara, because I didn’t really get to feel her emotions.

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Kimberly Sabatini

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly Sabatini on May 01 2012

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND is one of those stories that is morbidly beautiful.

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Read Now Sleep Later

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly on Apr 15 2012

This well balanced story is a fast ride and I loved every bit of it. It grabs your heart and your stomach and takes off.

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