Book Review: Mackenzie, Lost and Found

Mackenzie, Lost and Found
Author: Deborah Kerbel
Pages: 220 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Published: January 1st 2008
Review Source: Dundurn Group

Forbidden Love is always a good story in any book. The author took risk and in my opinion paid off. The description are easy to picture like if you are their taking part in the story. You read in different POV's and understand each side. Even though it is about forbidden love its written in a new fresh and different way. The way the author wrote it you can easily loose yourself at times. This book will offer folklore, religion and traditions from where the story takes place. The ending was what brought down my rating for the book, it just wasn't what I like for how the book to end.

Mackenzie a girl from Canada who lost her mother in a tragic accident. Her father decides to move them to Israel, which of course makes Mackenzie very sad on top pf everything else. Mackenzie then meets her new friend Marla, who is a American and they gel well since they have similar stories. Finally Mackenzie meets Nasir, he is a Muslim boy. Well lets just say things spark and this is where the forbidden love begins. I recommend this book to Young Adults and Adults.

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Mackenzie Hill knows something is up when she arrives home to find her father making a home-cooked dinner, instead of his standard delivery pizza. But nothing prepares her for the bombshell announcement: Mackenzie and her dad, alone since the death of her mother a year ago, are moving to Jerusalem, where her father has taken a position as a visiting professor at a university.
The adjustment from life in Canada to life in Israel is dramatic - though it's eased somewhat when Mackenzie is befriended by an American girl in her new school. The biggest shock of all comes when Mackenzie faces the wrath of her new friends, new community, and even her own father after she begins dating a Muslim boy.


  1. I read this way way back, 2009 I think, and really enjoyed it. Glad to see you did too. :)


  2. I don't think I've heard of this one, but your review has certainly got me interested!

    Subbing you now! You were on my list to come subscribe anyway, but when you left a comment it urged me to do it today, not tomorrow.


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