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QB of the varsity football team. Passing grades in all his classes. Dating the hottest—and smartest—girl at school. Summer job paying more than minimum wage. Things in Cody's world seem to be going pretty well. Until, that is, his girlfriend, Clea, is sent off to boarding school across the country, and a torn ACL ends his high school football career. But bad things come in threes—or in Cody's case, sixes and twelves—and the worst is yet to come. While limping through town one day, Cody sees a newspaper heading: "Local Girl Missing." Clea, now his ex, has disappeared from her boarding school in Vermont, and the only clue is a letter she sent to Cody the morning of her disappearance. With that as his guide, Cody sets out to find out what happened. Once in Vermont, he unearths the town's secrets—and finds out that football isn't the only thing he's good at.

Reality Check is another edge-of-your-seat suspense novel by the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author of Down the Rabbit Hole.

Published: HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061858383
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Good grief. This book was not good. It was amateurish and predictable. This author has had Edgar Award nominations? His mother must be on the nominating committee. Scratching him off my "to be read" list.more
This entertaining mystery features Cody, a believable character that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with. Some elements of this “detective” story can seem a little trite at times, but I still couldn’t put it down, so I decided it would be a great beach read or a fun book to pick up when you need a little bit of a “brain break”. Cody is likable by any gender reader – boys will easily relate to his thoughts on school, sports, and emerging manhood. Girls will enjoy Cody’s unwavering determination to find his ex-girlfriend and sincerity of his personality.more
High school football star Cody has it all going for him - until he blows a knee, his girlfriend Clea gets sent back east to boarding school, and he gets hooked on painkillers. He drops out and checks out. Then Clea disappears, and her last letter to Cody may be the only clue to why. Cody heads east himself, determined to find her.Tense, surprisingly believable, but not quite up to par with Abrahams' Echo Falls series.more
After Cody's girlfriend is sent to boarding school and he suffers a football season ending knee injury, he drops out of school. When Clea goes missing, he makes the cross country trip to Vermont to try to help find her. Soon he is deep into his investigation. A quick, engaging read. Although I preferred the Echo Falls series by Abrahams, I think this might prove a popular choice for this year's Caudill/Abe program.more
There were a lot of positive reviews for this book, stating it to be an action thriller. As a fan of YA reads, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to read Reality Check. The book did not live up to my expectations. The first few chapters I found snail paced and mundane. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. I gave up about a third of the way through and moved on to something else. Pity - it seemed to have such potential.more
This book is really good. The way Peter Abrahams tells how Cody goes and finds his ex girlfriend is really cool. It's really cool to see how Cody can be such a good detective that he could find out it was a bunch of men that even the police couldn't figure out.more
Stayed up late to finish the bright and compelling Young Adult fiction book, Reality Check by Peter Abrahams.This book has a fresh and wonderful plot driven by an appealing and believable young man who travels across the USA from his home in Colorado, to Vermont, where his sweetheart has gone missing from her boarding school.The girlfriend and the other characters portrayed in the story are interesting and believable. They also bring tension, or occasionally, the comic relief needed to lighten the story. There are socioeconomic and educational differences that add interest to the young people's relationship(s), and the presence of horses and competition riding offer their usual appeal. We are carried along on the twists and turns of the spiraling horns of the mystery, knowing that the hero will not back down and give up on finding his friend or coming to a resolution of the fact of her unexplained disappearance. (I loved Cody!)Earns absolutely every one of the Five Stars I can give it!Both Josh Berk, another writer of YA fiction, and Peter Abraham are worthy of the notice of those in the publishing, reviewing, book world and the world of readers seeking substance and reward in their reading lives.more
Cody is a high school student for whom things are going pretty well until his girlfriend, Clea, gets sent to a boarding school far from Cody. Then, they break up, and months later he finds out, by seeing a headline, that she's missing. He never really stopped loving her, so of course, he's now determined to find her, and rescue her from whatever trouble she's in.more
Cody lives in Colorado, near the Rocky Mountains, and seems to have everything going for him: he's the star quaterback and big schools-- Div I schools-- are talking about him playing college ball, he's passing all his classes, if barely, and he's got the hottest and smartest (and richest) girl on campus, Clea Weston, as his girlfriend. Then things change, and fast. Clea's dad packs her off to a small boarding school in Vermont. A late hit in a football game ends Cody's season, and possibly his football career. And then the worst: a local headline in the newspaper that reads, "Local Girl Missing." Cody, with nothing but time on his hands, heads to North Dover, Vermont to help with the search-- and winds up getting more than he bargained for. There is a quote on the book cover from Stephen King saying that Peter Abrahams is, "My favorite suspense novelist." Perhaps Stephen King said that before reading this novel, or perhaps this was written with young adults in mind and Abrahams felt the need to pull a few punches. The book is slow to develop if you don't know what's coming, and the investigation and Cody's involvement is fairly predictable. However, much of that predictibility comes from having read a great deal of suspense fiction-- and high school boys who haven't read much of this genre might (and I stress might) be hooked. It's not a bad story, and the twists and turns might keep readers guessing. It just happens that I guessed early on, and it never changed. I hate it when I'm right when reading a suspense novel. Cody as a character remains fairly flat throughout the novel, and his dad is practically a copy-and-paste stereotype.I'm going to hand it off to a couple specific teenage boys to get their reaction to it; that reaction will really guide how much I push the book with other teen readers. It's not a bad recommendation for active readers looking for something new.more
It became obvious to the reader long before it did to the protagonist who the bad guy really was. Despite that, impending peril to the main character kept me reading. The resolution was a bit disappointing.more
Take a summer plunge in to mystery writer Peter Abraham's Reality Check. Meet 16 year olds: Cody; blue collar, high school quarterback, and Clea; wealthy, class president, assistant editor, as they jump off a Colorado cliff into a river, re-emerging in Vermont. It is the end of the school year and Cody and Clea are anticipating a summer together. However, Clea's father, who is not happy with their relationship, sends her off to Hong Kong for the summer, and then to a boarding school in Vermont where she goes missing. Cody receives a letter sent the morning that Clea disappeared. Cody packs up his car and drives to Vermont to try to find Clea. Though Cody is not much of a scholar (one has to wonder if maybe he might be dyslexic), his instincts and intuition are sharp. This suspenseful, love story won the 2010 Young Adult Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.more
This is a great mystery. It has all the elements...lovers torn apart, a wounded hero, and a missing girl. Fantastic read.more
Cody has everything he could want - a great girlfriend and a promising future on the football field. Who cares that his grades aren't what they could be? Clea's father isn't thrilled with their relationship, however, and takes steps to separate them. Even Cody's own father thinks it's unlikely the two could ever make it work. Clea disappears, and Cody travels across the country to find her. This is a fast-paced mystery with an ending that's a bit abrupt, but satisfying.more
Living in a small town in Colorado, 16 year old Cody and his girl friend Clea are as different as can be. She is from a wealthy family and his family is anything but. She has a perfect report card and he only stays in school for the chance to play football. Then Clea's father sends her to Vermont to boarding school and Cody hurts his knee and drops out of high school. But when Clea disappears, Cody makes the trip to Vermont to help in the search. Great character development, a wonderful sense of place and a strong ending.more
Cody, QB of the high school football team, and Clea, daughter of wealthy parents, have been inseperable since they started dating. When Clea's parents ship her off to boarding school in new Jersey, Cody thinks it's best to break things off. And when Cody hurts his knee during a game, any plans for getting a football scholarship near Clea go out the window. But when Clea mysteriously disappears, Cody decides to drive out to the boarding school to find her. What looks like a simple case of Clea getting thrown off her horse while riding the trails turns into something more complicated and sinister.more
Cody is a well put together character. The fact that he is on the lower end of the social ladder in Little Bend, where you know everybody, and puts everything to a halt just to go across the country to find his ex-girlfriend is amazing. Peter Abrahams wrote a wonderful suspense/mystery novel. Once Clea went missing it made me anxious to turn the page to see what would happen. Abrahams made turned the suspesion on everyone but the actual person that committed the crime.more
Reality Check, by Peter Abrahams, is a great mystery for Young Adults. Cody, a football star in his Colorado high school, is dating the wealthy and beautiful Clea. When Clea's father sends her to a boarding school in Vermont, Cody decides to break up with her. Cody's football dreams are shattered when he tears his ACL, and he drops out of high school. One day, he sees on the news that Clea has gone missing from her boarding school in Vermont and decides to help find her. Driving from Colorado to Vermont, Cody pretends he is someone else as he assists in the investigation. Soon, Cody begins to conduct his own search. Cody quickly learns that no one is who they seem.This book is a fast read that will hook you once you start it! I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure and mystery.more
Football is all that matters to high school quarterback Cody. Football and his beautiful and smart girlfriend Clea, of course. So it’s no surprise that Cody heads into a depression when his ACL is viciously torn by an opposing player and Clea is sent away to prep school in Vermont when her father thinks their relationship is getting too hot. Cody’s dropped out of school by the time he sees the newspaper headline announcing that Clea has gone missing while riding her beloved horse outside the school grounds. With nothing to hold him back Cody drives from Colorado to Vermont in an attempt to find Clea. Hiding his identity Cody now has to decide who is trustworthy: the snooty prep school students, the helpful local cop, the seemingly deranged stable boy or the suspicious agent from the DA’s office? With twists and turns right up until the final pages “Reality Check” will keep you on the edge of your seat.more
Great! A little Mary Sue-ish in parts, but still a very strong YA mystery.more
I can't get enough of Peter Abrahams -- thank heavens he's so prolific. I'm hardly the target audience for this book, which is aimed at teenagers, but I greatly appreciate the fact that Abrahams tells a story that is equally engaging for readers of all ages. By taking the point of view of Cody, a seventeen year-old Colorado kid, Abrahams lends an innocent perspective to a story that involves real danger, real consequences and high stakes for our narrator. Cody is motivated by the purest of impulses -- he genuinely loves Clea, and when she is in peril, he has to act. As Cody struggles to find Clea, he discovers hidden depths of strength and intelligence within himself -- just what every teenager hopes will happen to them when they are encountered with the challenge of growing up. more
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Good grief. This book was not good. It was amateurish and predictable. This author has had Edgar Award nominations? His mother must be on the nominating committee. Scratching him off my "to be read" list.more
This entertaining mystery features Cody, a believable character that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with. Some elements of this “detective” story can seem a little trite at times, but I still couldn’t put it down, so I decided it would be a great beach read or a fun book to pick up when you need a little bit of a “brain break”. Cody is likable by any gender reader – boys will easily relate to his thoughts on school, sports, and emerging manhood. Girls will enjoy Cody’s unwavering determination to find his ex-girlfriend and sincerity of his personality.more
High school football star Cody has it all going for him - until he blows a knee, his girlfriend Clea gets sent back east to boarding school, and he gets hooked on painkillers. He drops out and checks out. Then Clea disappears, and her last letter to Cody may be the only clue to why. Cody heads east himself, determined to find her.Tense, surprisingly believable, but not quite up to par with Abrahams' Echo Falls series.more
After Cody's girlfriend is sent to boarding school and he suffers a football season ending knee injury, he drops out of school. When Clea goes missing, he makes the cross country trip to Vermont to try to help find her. Soon he is deep into his investigation. A quick, engaging read. Although I preferred the Echo Falls series by Abrahams, I think this might prove a popular choice for this year's Caudill/Abe program.more
There were a lot of positive reviews for this book, stating it to be an action thriller. As a fan of YA reads, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to read Reality Check. The book did not live up to my expectations. The first few chapters I found snail paced and mundane. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. I gave up about a third of the way through and moved on to something else. Pity - it seemed to have such potential.more
This book is really good. The way Peter Abrahams tells how Cody goes and finds his ex girlfriend is really cool. It's really cool to see how Cody can be such a good detective that he could find out it was a bunch of men that even the police couldn't figure out.more
Stayed up late to finish the bright and compelling Young Adult fiction book, Reality Check by Peter Abrahams.This book has a fresh and wonderful plot driven by an appealing and believable young man who travels across the USA from his home in Colorado, to Vermont, where his sweetheart has gone missing from her boarding school.The girlfriend and the other characters portrayed in the story are interesting and believable. They also bring tension, or occasionally, the comic relief needed to lighten the story. There are socioeconomic and educational differences that add interest to the young people's relationship(s), and the presence of horses and competition riding offer their usual appeal. We are carried along on the twists and turns of the spiraling horns of the mystery, knowing that the hero will not back down and give up on finding his friend or coming to a resolution of the fact of her unexplained disappearance. (I loved Cody!)Earns absolutely every one of the Five Stars I can give it!Both Josh Berk, another writer of YA fiction, and Peter Abraham are worthy of the notice of those in the publishing, reviewing, book world and the world of readers seeking substance and reward in their reading lives.more
Cody is a high school student for whom things are going pretty well until his girlfriend, Clea, gets sent to a boarding school far from Cody. Then, they break up, and months later he finds out, by seeing a headline, that she's missing. He never really stopped loving her, so of course, he's now determined to find her, and rescue her from whatever trouble she's in.more
Cody lives in Colorado, near the Rocky Mountains, and seems to have everything going for him: he's the star quaterback and big schools-- Div I schools-- are talking about him playing college ball, he's passing all his classes, if barely, and he's got the hottest and smartest (and richest) girl on campus, Clea Weston, as his girlfriend. Then things change, and fast. Clea's dad packs her off to a small boarding school in Vermont. A late hit in a football game ends Cody's season, and possibly his football career. And then the worst: a local headline in the newspaper that reads, "Local Girl Missing." Cody, with nothing but time on his hands, heads to North Dover, Vermont to help with the search-- and winds up getting more than he bargained for. There is a quote on the book cover from Stephen King saying that Peter Abrahams is, "My favorite suspense novelist." Perhaps Stephen King said that before reading this novel, or perhaps this was written with young adults in mind and Abrahams felt the need to pull a few punches. The book is slow to develop if you don't know what's coming, and the investigation and Cody's involvement is fairly predictable. However, much of that predictibility comes from having read a great deal of suspense fiction-- and high school boys who haven't read much of this genre might (and I stress might) be hooked. It's not a bad story, and the twists and turns might keep readers guessing. It just happens that I guessed early on, and it never changed. I hate it when I'm right when reading a suspense novel. Cody as a character remains fairly flat throughout the novel, and his dad is practically a copy-and-paste stereotype.I'm going to hand it off to a couple specific teenage boys to get their reaction to it; that reaction will really guide how much I push the book with other teen readers. It's not a bad recommendation for active readers looking for something new.more
It became obvious to the reader long before it did to the protagonist who the bad guy really was. Despite that, impending peril to the main character kept me reading. The resolution was a bit disappointing.more
Take a summer plunge in to mystery writer Peter Abraham's Reality Check. Meet 16 year olds: Cody; blue collar, high school quarterback, and Clea; wealthy, class president, assistant editor, as they jump off a Colorado cliff into a river, re-emerging in Vermont. It is the end of the school year and Cody and Clea are anticipating a summer together. However, Clea's father, who is not happy with their relationship, sends her off to Hong Kong for the summer, and then to a boarding school in Vermont where she goes missing. Cody receives a letter sent the morning that Clea disappeared. Cody packs up his car and drives to Vermont to try to find Clea. Though Cody is not much of a scholar (one has to wonder if maybe he might be dyslexic), his instincts and intuition are sharp. This suspenseful, love story won the 2010 Young Adult Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.more
This is a great mystery. It has all the elements...lovers torn apart, a wounded hero, and a missing girl. Fantastic read.more
Cody has everything he could want - a great girlfriend and a promising future on the football field. Who cares that his grades aren't what they could be? Clea's father isn't thrilled with their relationship, however, and takes steps to separate them. Even Cody's own father thinks it's unlikely the two could ever make it work. Clea disappears, and Cody travels across the country to find her. This is a fast-paced mystery with an ending that's a bit abrupt, but satisfying.more
Living in a small town in Colorado, 16 year old Cody and his girl friend Clea are as different as can be. She is from a wealthy family and his family is anything but. She has a perfect report card and he only stays in school for the chance to play football. Then Clea's father sends her to Vermont to boarding school and Cody hurts his knee and drops out of high school. But when Clea disappears, Cody makes the trip to Vermont to help in the search. Great character development, a wonderful sense of place and a strong ending.more
Cody, QB of the high school football team, and Clea, daughter of wealthy parents, have been inseperable since they started dating. When Clea's parents ship her off to boarding school in new Jersey, Cody thinks it's best to break things off. And when Cody hurts his knee during a game, any plans for getting a football scholarship near Clea go out the window. But when Clea mysteriously disappears, Cody decides to drive out to the boarding school to find her. What looks like a simple case of Clea getting thrown off her horse while riding the trails turns into something more complicated and sinister.more
Cody is a well put together character. The fact that he is on the lower end of the social ladder in Little Bend, where you know everybody, and puts everything to a halt just to go across the country to find his ex-girlfriend is amazing. Peter Abrahams wrote a wonderful suspense/mystery novel. Once Clea went missing it made me anxious to turn the page to see what would happen. Abrahams made turned the suspesion on everyone but the actual person that committed the crime.more
Reality Check, by Peter Abrahams, is a great mystery for Young Adults. Cody, a football star in his Colorado high school, is dating the wealthy and beautiful Clea. When Clea's father sends her to a boarding school in Vermont, Cody decides to break up with her. Cody's football dreams are shattered when he tears his ACL, and he drops out of high school. One day, he sees on the news that Clea has gone missing from her boarding school in Vermont and decides to help find her. Driving from Colorado to Vermont, Cody pretends he is someone else as he assists in the investigation. Soon, Cody begins to conduct his own search. Cody quickly learns that no one is who they seem.This book is a fast read that will hook you once you start it! I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure and mystery.more
Football is all that matters to high school quarterback Cody. Football and his beautiful and smart girlfriend Clea, of course. So it’s no surprise that Cody heads into a depression when his ACL is viciously torn by an opposing player and Clea is sent away to prep school in Vermont when her father thinks their relationship is getting too hot. Cody’s dropped out of school by the time he sees the newspaper headline announcing that Clea has gone missing while riding her beloved horse outside the school grounds. With nothing to hold him back Cody drives from Colorado to Vermont in an attempt to find Clea. Hiding his identity Cody now has to decide who is trustworthy: the snooty prep school students, the helpful local cop, the seemingly deranged stable boy or the suspicious agent from the DA’s office? With twists and turns right up until the final pages “Reality Check” will keep you on the edge of your seat.more
Great! A little Mary Sue-ish in parts, but still a very strong YA mystery.more
I can't get enough of Peter Abrahams -- thank heavens he's so prolific. I'm hardly the target audience for this book, which is aimed at teenagers, but I greatly appreciate the fact that Abrahams tells a story that is equally engaging for readers of all ages. By taking the point of view of Cody, a seventeen year-old Colorado kid, Abrahams lends an innocent perspective to a story that involves real danger, real consequences and high stakes for our narrator. Cody is motivated by the purest of impulses -- he genuinely loves Clea, and when she is in peril, he has to act. As Cody struggles to find Clea, he discovers hidden depths of strength and intelligence within himself -- just what every teenager hopes will happen to them when they are encountered with the challenge of growing up. more
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