This month, the Teen Advisory Group members received a few advance reader copies (ARCs) of YA materials. They were asked to read the book and provide a review. Here is Bartek’s!
“Twenty Questions for Gloria” is as stated in the title. The story is twenty chapters, twenty questions given by a detective. This at present time, Gloria recalls the magnificent adventure she had with a boy she met at school and fell in love with a few days later. Gloria is bored by her ordinary life, so she and the classmate, Uman, come up with an idea, a short camping trip away from all electronics. In fact, their idea turns into a large mystery for those at home; as they attempt to find Gloria, who they think is kidnapped by Uman, that just so happens to have a shady past. When the couple runs out of money, and their cards get frozen, life changing problems occur. Gloria answers her questions with the telling of her adventure that all “started with an appearance, not a disappearance.” However the big question is, where is Uman and what happened during their leave as two went on the run, and only one came back.
Uman particularly is an interesting character because of his unusual decisions, such as the first day of class at Gloria’s school with his desired need to sit beside Gloria. His impacting decisions along with his high intelligence level, know-it-all personality makes him seem like a shady character that is looking for trouble. Yet, as he continues to disrupt and question teachers at school, he seems to receive no consequences that make him very interesting, and the situation very unusual. There could be possibly no question for this boy, as he’ll most likely give you an answer that does not make sense, but at the same time make perfect sense.
Nothing I would change in the ending, as it was sad, but involved a great twist that would leave anyone flipping the remainder pages with acknowledgments thinking they have missed something. It was quite a shock, as it is not anything anyone would expect with the buildup of the story, and the relationship between Gloria and Uman. Overall, the book was great, constantly making one wonder whether certain accusations were true or not allowing a great and quick read, but engrossing read to keep one satisfied for long durations.