Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reading, Waiting on Wednesday, Young Adult | 0 comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting reads. Just last year I read a book that I fell absolutely in love with called Forget Me by K.A. Harrington. After I read it I had a complete book hangover because 1) It was phenomenal and 2) There really wasn’t another book out like it.

So imagine my glee when I came across a fantastic list of young adult books out in 2015. It was there that I discovered Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel.

Charlie, Presumed Dead


In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.


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About Anne Heltzel

Anne Heltzel was born in Warren, Ohio. A Notre Dame graduate, she moved to NYC in 2006 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. In New York, she found lots of like-minded, creative types. It was home. It was a natural transition, then, to her first job in book publishing and later to a division of Penguin Group, where she was a fiction editor until September, 2012 (with a short sabbatical in 2009).

Anne lived in India from September 2009-December 2010. She hopes to return as soon and as often as possible. In Bombay she acquired her dog, Mochi, who came back with her to Brooklyn. His name means “cobbler” in Hindi, but it also refers to a gelatinous type of Japanese rice cake, generally filled with ice cream.

Anne now lives and writes in Paris.

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Okay, I’ve never read anything from Anne Heltzel but this sounds F-ING AMAZING. Like, the moment I discovered this book I grabbed my laptop and locked myself in my room so that I could blog about it. No joke.

What do you think? Will you be reading it? Does anyone want to help me break into Houghton Mifflin Harcourt so that we can read this before June 2015?

Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley


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