The year is 1994. James, a pudgy twelve-year-old, responds to an ad for a used camcorder at a mysterious suburban home. Before he can knock on the door, he notices boys–a dozen at least–frozen amongst the trees behind the house. Their faces are blank. One boy presses “record” on a walkman and holds it above his head… and then James hears it, the voice of a little girl. Sweet; high like a songbird without the shrill. It was a church song. It came from inside the house.
James doesn’t know it yet, but the girl he’s about to meet is a modern-day siren.
The Accidental Siren depicts the joys and consequences of young love as Mara and James meet, shoot a movie, fend off bullies, and explore the potential of infinite beauty.
I actually wanted to read this book because several of my friends were talking about how awesome it was. The book was really good. VanderArk is a wonderful writer who captures your attention and brings you into the story; it was a hard one to put down. I experienced a lot of curiosity in this book, which is part of the reason why I couldn’t put it down. I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next and how the characters would react. I’m interested to read more from VanderArk now and can’t wait to see what he is working on next!
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