Pan's Whisper by Sue Lawson
Black Dog Books, 2011.
(Age: 12+) Pan (real name is Pandora) is put into yet another foster home. She is a teenage rebel who hates everything and doesn't trust anyone. She keeps having strange flashbacks and bits of memory floating into her mind, but she can't make sense of them. When she starts at a new school, she instantly becomes an outsider and a freak, to everyone but Hunter, a kind and charismatic boy who seems to understand her. But is he worth breaking her ultimate rule: 'Never trust anyone'?
Pan's Whisper is written pretty well and overall it's an interesting book. I think the novel would lose some of its appeal the second time around though because of the numerous plot twists and mysteries involving the memories. The best feature of this book is that it has a good pace, convincing dialogue, and interesting characters.
This is a good read for a lazy afternoon, but it'll struggle to engage readers a second time around.
I recommend this book.
Rebecca Adams (Student)