To the outside world, Anna appears to be an ordinary high school senior. But readers will quickly learn that she is anything but in Meghan Riley’s fantastical debut novel, Anna. This fast-paced tale full of supernatural experiences, romance, and half-answered truths expertly blends science fiction with young adult appeal. Anna has a lot of questions. Should she pursue her desire to leave home for college and live out her dream of becoming a physicist? Or should she stay home and help care for her family, which has struggled ever since her father died in Afghanistan? Is her crush, Steve, really interested in her, or is he only using the highly intelligent Anna to try and boost his grades in school? These questions, plus the ordinary trials and tribulations of high school, distract Anna from noticing some very…strange things that are beginning to happen to her. For as long as Anna can remember, she has had a haphazard smattering of freckles on her arm. But these freckles are starting to change, and cause a series of unnerving hallucinations and odd side effects that only Anna seems to notice. When a strange shadow man starts to haunt her nights, she decides to go on a hunt for the truth to discover, once and for all, what is happening to her. The hallucinations continue growing stronger, however, and each new visit by the shadow man appears to become more and more threatening. Eventually, Anna realizes that she can no longer hide from her friends and family what is happening to her. But as she shares her secret with those closest to her, Anna never imagines that her very life, and the lives of those she loves, will be put in jeopardy. Progressing toward the novel’s stunning conclusion, audiences will be left breathless as the ultimate question reveals itself: who—or what—is Anna?
Anna is a well written YA novel. Anna isn't your typical high school senior The first clue that you get the Anna isn't average, is the cluster of freckles on her arm that look like a cluster of stars. Anne is living the normal teen age life, trying to get through senior year, crushing on the most popular boy in school. You know all the teen age stuff that goes on. Her brothers annoying her and the popular cliché giving her hassle . But who knew her life was going to change forever. When the poor girl starts to hallucinate and sees the shadow man. Who is this shadow man and who is Jared and what is up with him Also does Steven really like her. You try and figure out who or what Anna actually is .
Meghan takes us on a journey through the life of a typical well not so typical teenager with a gift. Her characters are well written and life like. You feel like you are part of the family. Then she takes a twist and you want to find out who the man in the corner is that is watching over Anna and is she really hallucinating or is it real. You honestly don't really know who is actually a good guy and who is the bad guy.The characters are that well written. One minute you are loving Steve, thinking that he is such a sweet guy or is he jus using her. You really kind a want to smack him up the head a few times in the book. That makes a great character if you can love him one moment and then want to smack him upside the head in the next breathe,
The author has the angst of teenagers down pat, the flow of the book was great. It kept me turning pages all night, Even though it was a YA book to me I really liked it. It has romance, mystery and some sci fi aspects to it. It will keep your teens reading all night long. When they are trying to figure it all out. The author will keep you wanting more. So if you have a teen looking for something to read or if you just want a book to read while out relaxing by the pool , Check it out ,