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Body in the Woods, The

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ISBN:
9780805098525
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272pp
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01
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Overview

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.1  (4)
Writing style 
 
4.4  (4)
Characters 
 
4.1  (4)
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Story held my interest
Writing style
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.5

The Body In The Wood

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Setting
The main setting is the forest. The author use the forest in many event. In the beginning they look bobby and it turn out they find a dead girl. Also the way author describe the forest give us the feeling that the murderer could come back and attack them.
Characters
Alexis has a mom that has a mental problem so she want to hide that from other. That make her don't not to really become friend with other.

Ruby is a girl that don't really get along with other. she always think about what she can do in that every situation not just be her.

Nick is the only Africa American in his school. He always want to become a hero. He have never seen his dad.
Good Points
I Think the best point is that the author show us the point of view for the three main characters (Alexis, Ruby, and Nick).
Plot Summary
The story is about a group of SAR (search and rescue) kid find a dead body in the forest. On their first mission Alexis find a dead body in the forest. Ruby come and determine the body is dead or not. Ruby also look for evidence about the murderer.
Ending
I like the ending because it was a happy ending for each character.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Story held my interest 
 
3.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.5

User Review

Setting
This novel is set in Portland, Oregon, modern day. The setting is not extremely important to the story. It does provide plenty of forest area for the serial killer to hide the bodies of his victims. Other than needing a place to hide bodies, this story could be set almost anywhere. Because it is set in modern day, it provides resources that help identify the serial killer’s MO by researching his previous victims. The story might be more intense and interesting if it was not set in modern day, because the story would have lasted longer.
Characters
Ruby is a girl that does not always fit in with other people. Throughout the novel, it is revealed how Ruby tries hard to be polite and say or do the right thing, because naturally she is very blunt. She is constantly thinking of what role she can portray in certain situations, rather than just be her. Her character is rather static. She does not develop much, but is a key part to solving the mystery of the bodies found. Alexis is a more dynamic character. She is not an open person, and whenever someone tries to get close to her she pushes them away because she is worried of what they would thing if they found out her mother is mentally ill. By the end, she is able to open up to others a little. When in the beginning she had no friends, in the end she has gained two friends, Ruby and Nick, and even a romantic interest. She learns what things are really important in life.
Good Points
One cool thing about this novel was the change in perspective. Form chapter to chapter, it was told from the point of view of each of the three teenagers, as well as the serial killer. This allows the reader to understand the serial killer’s motives and intentions before the characters figure it out.
Bad Points
The book seemed too short. The story felt rushed, and could have been a lot more intense and interesting. It was fairly intriguing in the beginning of the story, but as it progressed it didn’t feel as interesting because even though the characters did not know everything, the reader already knew who the killer was.
Plot Summary
The Body in the Woods by April Henry is a mystery novel about three teenagers who volunteer for Portland County’s SAR (search and rescue). On their first search mission, one of them, Alexis, finds a dead body. After that, Ruby is determined to help find the murderer, and is convinced it is the work of a serial killer. Ruby enlists Alexis and Nick to help her catch the killer, despite a local detectives warnings to stay out of it. Unknown to the three teenagers, the serial killer is after one of them next.
Ending
The ending was strange. It wrapped up everything, and then on the very last page provided a small insignificant cliff hanger. There is a sequel to the novel, but there is only one thing left open that could just be left to the reader’s imagination. It felt slightly rushed, as well. If it would have dragged it out a little, and left some more things left open, the ending would have been better.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

User Review

Setting
The forest was one of the main setting throughout the book, many events take place there. The suburban area was also a major part in the book. The main story is usually set outside of buildings and into the world that may be ignored by some. The forest is a great place for recreational activities but it also has many risks that can catch anyone off guard.
Characters
Alexis is a very pretty girl with a not so pretty problem. Her mother is mentally and she wants to hide that fact from anyone. Alexis is a bit more sensitive than the other two main characters. When hiding her moms illness she pushed out anyone that could get too close to her and find the truth.

Nick is a boy who has big dreams that either inspire you or make you laugh.
He is an African American and the only one in his class,he wants to be a hero. He will often change the story so he can look good if not a great hero. He doesn't know much about his dad and hasn't even met him, though he does know that his dad served in a war.

Ruby is a strange girl who's not good with other people. She is a determined young woman that sticks to her gut, she is the main reason why the other characters join her in the book.
Good Points
The characters were very eye catching and each had a sympathetic story that can relate to a wide variety of the public. The author did a really nice job setting a professional setting for the police and the search and rescue (S.A.R.) and putting that feeling of a crime into the novel.
Bad Points
i don't understand the romance in the book
Plot Summary
The search and rescue team are trying to find an autistic man but one team finds a fresh corpse in the woods. The three main characters get together and try to find the killer. The killer is very clever and organized. The kids get the wrong guy and the detective is not happy. The killer gets caught after another attempt at killing a girl.
Ending
I liked the ending because it shows the ending in the perspective of each main character.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

The Body in the Woods

User Review

Setting
The setting in this book is in the city of Portland. Henry explains in detail the setting and what it is like in Portland, and in each of the parks there. It is very easy to get an idea on what it is like to live there, where most of the people there are homeless and a lot of them teenagers or young children. As you read about the different things in Portland, you feel as if it was real to you. The descriptions of each and every place these teens visit well on this mission.
Characters
Alexis, a teenage girl who is the main character in the novel is described as very hidden. She does not like to talk to people, she does not like to get close to people, and make friends. She is afraid that they will find out about her mom and her home life. She is written in well with the story, and the way Henry has made her sound and seem makes her role in the story fit in very well with all that is going on. She goes through a lot in this novel as she goes on the hunt to find the real killer, dealing with her home life and the life she has in the SAR group with her soon to be friends Nick and Ruby. Bran (Brandon) isn’t in the story much, but he plays a major role. He volunteers for a group like Alexis does, but it is a counseling group. He is there for Alexis through it all, and Henry writes it so he is the first Alexis really opens up to in a long time. He is the one who has been there for Alexis while everything is going on, and cares about her more than just because it is his job. Henry makes these characters fit in with the rest of the story and right there in with all of the characters and events in the story.
Good Points
The style of the writing in the book is written well enough that it is an easy book to understand and know what is going on. A lot of it is predictable to know what is going on next, because of the way Henry has written it. But it is written to make you think towards one thing and then she will write something completely different to happen. I like the book because it is suspenseful on what is going to happen next, but it does not give it a way as she is telling the story. It is a book that keeps the suspense and does not make you wait for too long, but it is not giving away the answers to all the questions you may have. As you read, you can sit and figure them out.
Plot Summary
In the book The Body in the Woods by April Henry it tells a story about 3 teens Alexis, Ruby, and Nick, and their Journey in a group called the SAR (the city of Portland’s search and rescue group.) They go on a mission to find a missing person when they end up finding something a lot more. The lives of these three teens will never be the same as they hunt to unravel the case of a murder.
Ending
The ending of the book fits it very well. It does leave you with questions, but ones that will make it more interesting to read. The ending is one of those happy endings because it is something you will want happening throughout the whole book, and something that you don’t really see coming. I think that the author is trying to get out of it that you cannot trust people around you, there are people out there who are good and look bad, but then there are ones that you may see as this good person who is not what you would expect. The people who you start to trust the most can be the ones that will hurt you in the end of it all.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
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