When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller.
Everyone is affected by Yin's disappearance - even scholarship student Chloe, who usually stays out of Balmoral dramas, is drawn into the maelstrom. And when she begins to form an uneasy alliance with Natalia, the queen of Year Ten, things get even more complicated.
A tribute to friendship in all its guises, The Gaps is a moving examination of vulnerability and strength, safety and danger, and the particular uncertainties young women face in the world.
Chloe is a scholarship student at prestigious Balmoral Ladies College. She always tries to fly under the radar, but when her classmate Yin is abducted it is impossible to not get swept up in it all.
But then the Queen Bee, Natalia, starts to notice Chloe and an unlikely friendship begins.
Told in alternate chapters from both characters, this is a story of stress and fear of the unknown. It examines the guilt and grief of the students and their families, as they struggle to cope with the loss of their classmate.
But overall it is a story of friendship in so many different forms, and the strength that we find from family and friends, sometimes in very unexpected ways.
Beautifully written by Leanne Hall, this book will most appeal to girls in Year 10 and up.
Reviewed by Michelle
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