Published August 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
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17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them...
I've seen people talk about this book everywhere, so I definitely had high expectations. And for once, I can safely say that they were met. Surpassed, even.
Hunting Lila had me from the first page. Once I'd started reading, I couldn't stop. It took me a little way to get used to the writing style - it's published in the UK, not in the US, so there were a few aspects that were a little different, but they were so easy to overlook.
People have raved and raved about Hunting Lila, and while it sounded interesting to me, I didn't really understand what was so special. And then I read it, and my face was probably like this the entire time -> O__O
The characters were all fairly well-developed to me, though I would have liked to know a little more of Alex's history. Lila is an amazing character. Easy to relate to, but at the same time, the kind of character you wish you could be. She's awkward and self-conscious around the boy she likes, just like anyone would be, but at the same time she's stubborn and determined and doesn't want to give up on Alex, even if she thinks it will never amount to anything. Lila's a pretty kick-ass character, and even when her brother, Jack, and Alex refuse to tell her anything, she's still determined to find out, just like anyone would be.
Alex made me swoon. More than once. He's so sweet, and at the same time, kind of secretive because he's trying to protect Lila. He stuck out as male character in YA because he wasn't one of those boys that slept with everything with boobs. Alex was a very genuine, adorable character.
The other characters - like Jack and Demos, for example - were great, too. They really added to the plot, and I didn't feel as if any of them were out of place or useless.
I can't decide what was the best part - the adorable romance or the amazing plot. Alex and Lila are almost too cute to handle together, and yet somehow, it's not that obnoxious kind of cute that makes you feel sick. At the same time, the plot is just so full of awesome - tons of people with different powers being hunted by people you'd never except - that I know I'll never forget about it.
Overall: Hunting Lila is everything people made it out to be and more. I fell in love on the first page. Full of plenty of action but at the same time plenty of adorableness, Hunting Lila is an amazing novel that I won't be forgetting anytime soon. (And one I'm already dying for the sequel to.) 5 stars!