Six Months Later

Six Months Later

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From the New York Times bestselling author of teen suspense books, Natalie D. Richards, comes a psychological thriller about a girl who wakes up with everything she's ever wanted, but can't remember the last six months of her life, perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and If I Stay.
When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground, and she can't remember the last six months.
Before, she'd been a mediocre student.
Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools.
Before, she never had a chance with sports star Blake.
Now he's her boyfriend.
Before, she and Maggie were inseparable.
Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she'd ever imagined.
This book is perfect for:Readers of all ages who want thriller books in paperbackFans of Karen McManus and Natasha PrestonParents looking for mystery books for teensPraise for Six Months Later:
YALSA Teens Top 10 nominee
"[A] smart, edgy thriller."-Kirkus
"Well paced and beautifully written...This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page."-School Library Journal
"An intense psychological mystery... has the feel of a high-stakes poker game in which every player has something to hide."-Publishers Weekly
Also by Natalie D. Richards:
Five Total Strangers
Gone Too Far
My Secret to Tell
One Was Lost
We All Fall Down
What You Hide
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 22 x 210 x 141mm | 373g
  • Sourcebooks Fire
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402285515
  • 9781402285516
  • 393,630

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"An intriguing new book loaded with suspense. The shocking reasons behind Chloe's transformation will keep you guessing until the very end, culminating in a stunning truth. So what really happened in those six months? You'll just have to pick up this incredible book to find out for yourself." - Girls' Life "An intense psychological mystery . . . Richards constructs Chloe's fear, paranoia, and scheming with great care. Her novel has the feel of a high-stakes poker game in which every player has something to hide, and the cards are held until the very end." - Publishers Weekly "Confusion and a desperate search for answers drive the action in this captivating thriller . . . As the mystery builds, so do the stakes and the romantic tension." - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars "As tension rises among these sharply observed characters, this smart, edgy thriller taps into the college-angst zeitgeist, where the price of high achievement might just be your soul." - Kirkus Reviews "The story is well paced and beautifully written, with fully developed characters teens can easily relate to. This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. " - School Library Journal "An intriguing story line . . . readers will be drawn in to the mystery of what happened to Chloe and will never guess the ending. " - VOYA "Filled with tension and heart-in-your-throat suspense that kept me guessing to the very end. I predict readers will want more and more from her. I know I do!" - Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and Thousand Words "The pressure and angst of precollege life, perfect grades, and test scores take center stage in this debut thriller. Readers are thrown right into the mystery alongside Chloe, and as the plot is slowly uncovered, the suspense rises to a shocking crescendo of events. Chloe is an intriguing character with plenty of gumption, and she makes for a splendid amateur detective. . .With several twists and surprises, this is a well-plotted mystery, sure to keep readers guessing." - Booklist
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About Natalie D. Richards

After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. This is her second novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at
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Rating details

10,731 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 27% (2,922)
4 36% (3,902)
3 27% (2,893)
2 7% (772)
1 2% (242)

Our customer reviews

I haven't been in the habit of reading Young Adult in the last year or so, but when I do, I tend to enjoy a good suspense or mystery. Six Months Later delivered in that respect. I spent the first seventy-five percent of the story trying to solve what was going on with Chloe, and the rest wondering how the fallout would go down. This definitely kept my attention throughout. No easy feat with a mind like mine. Six Months Later had several aspects that worked well for me. Of course, as I've already mentioned, the well-developed mystery, but I also enjoyed the characters and the way the story unfolded. Chloe was an engaging protagonist. I appreciated that she was a average. Average student, average popularity, and seemed to be genuinely okay with that. She didn't spend her time coveting the top of the popularity pile, and isn't happy when she "wakes up" in that very position. We also get a cast of secondary characters: Mags, the supportive best friend, well-meaning but annoying parents, the suspicious psychologist, the seemingly perfect boyfriend, and the brooding bad boy who may be a hero, or another baddie. Each character had an important place in the story. Six Months Later opens with a "normal" beginning, and the mysterious changes happen shortly thereafter when Chloe wakes up six months in the future. Is she ill, or has her memory been tampered with? I love mysteries that pose this question, it's a true mind game. I ended up not being completely surprised by the answer to the puzzle, but appreciated the reason for the nefarious actions. The ending left me satisfied instead of angry or disbelieving. If you love Young Adult, or just a good mystery in general, Six Months Later is definitely worth a more
by Andrea Thompson
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: If you are interested, you can visit our website: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: Chloe didn't think life would change your sleeping in study hall. It's one class and a tiny nap, what could possibly go wrong? The worst thing that can happen to her is fail his SAT. However, when Chloe wakes up from the "tiny nap", it's not summer anymore, there's snow in the street and everything's quite and dark in study hall. Where's everyone? It took Chloe a second to close her eyes to wake up six months later not remembering a thing from that time. What happened? Why's she on track for valedictorian when six months later was suffering from getting an average score at the SAT? How in the world is she dating super jock, and her secret crush, Blake? Why's she attracted to bad boy Adam? And, most important of all, why is her best friend pissed at her to the point of not wanting to know a thing about her and not speaking with her? Why she can't remember anything and how her life changed so much? Who's the responsible of her, now, "perfect life"? Review: These is one of the times in your life you find an incredible book with an amazing, mysterious and realistic story that leaves you speechless. And Natalie D. Richards' story is, definitely, one of THOSE books. I have to sincerely thank Romily Bernard for introducing us, not only the great Natalie, but her novel. I'm definitely madly in love with the story, the characters... well, everything! We always say that If a book is worth reading it, has to keep you on edge, with this nostalgic feeling when you stop reading it and, even when you are doing something else, you're still thinking: "What would happen next?". That's a book worth being in our Fantastic Flying Book Club, and Six Months Later is in that club, Book Addicts. Six Months Later has a good dose of mystery, to the point that everyone seems suspicious. Being fateful to the YA genre, Ms. Richards introduces us strong, brave and determined character who's life changes in the blink of an eye. Literally! It was pretty scary being in Chloe's point of view at first. Imagine that you wake up and you don't remember anything! And by anything I mean the past six months. Everything has changed and who were your friends are not talking to you, some people you have never spoken to is talking to you like a normal thing and what you considered a "perfect life" (boyfriend and academic records) is your life now. Is a mixed feeling. You get a taste of what you wished for. However, we always say: be careful what you wish for! The characters are simply amazing! Like I said before, the main character, Chloe, is strong, brave and determined to find out the truth and saving some people in the process. I really admire her. Although I have to confess that the glimpses I got from the "six months life", I didn't like her attitude. Glad she wakes up and tries to change that. Well, Blake is the perfect golden boy. What every mother wants for her daughter. And mommies, sometimes appearances are deluded and deceiving! Yep, pretty much that sentence sums up golden boy. Okay, want my opinion? I didn't like the guy. Not before the six months, not during the six months, and, definitely, not after the six months. He gave me the creeps. Like go away and stalk someone else, you pretty boy! And that's all I'm going to say. Adam... (*sigh*). He's the bad boy in the story and you know how much I love bad boys with big hearts, right? Adam is all tough on the outside and a sweet boy on the inside that has been in love with Chloe for a long, long time. And just reading the first pages you know that. Don't need for words. I love him. And I think he's perfect for Chloe (Buuuuh Blake!). He hasn't had a spoiled life, like Chloe thought, and has some skeletons in his closet that will be revealed (*insert mystery music here*). However, I like how this two find a way to see past all the problems, secrets and troubles, and choose one another instead. What makes him the perfect bad boy? That he really cares about Chloe and sees her like no one else does. When she blurts out a lot of crazy theories and stories, he listens her and not think of her as a crazy person. And because it felt like a damn forbidden love!!! And I love impossible things! (I'm stopping right now before I get loose all the good stuff and some major spoiler). Maggie is a great friend. The type of friend everyone needs to have. Although Chloe said some pretty bad stuff to her, she's loyal to her friendship and helps her. She's sweet, good and always felt safe near Chloe, because If someone made fun of her stuttering, Chloe wouldn't hesitate in throwing a punch to whomever laughed. It's like mixing chocolate and vanilla: a sweet girl with a badass one. The plot was perfect. There's always the constant mystery and suspense and you get even spooked a little, like I think there's someone following her! And at some point, everything starts to become more and more dangerous. Thing that only increases your curiosity and you're even more eager to know everything! In the middle of all this deadly chaos, Natalie finds the perfect moment to insert some well-built romance while writing a credible story that would captivate you. It REALLY captivates you, to the point of not being able to sleep, even when my eyes were closing! I needed to know the truth! And who is the big bad guy! But mostly the truth. And it was a shocking, unexpected and brilliant truth. I love Six Months Later, because it's one of those stories you won't mind reading a second time even when you know who the bad guy is and what really happened to the main character. And for that, because is really hard to accomplish that feeling in the readers, I am giving five gorjuss ROCK STARS dolls to Six Months Later and I will wait anxiously to more stories written by this talented author. I would give more dolls, but I'm afraid I don't have that many. Despite my lack of gorjuss dolls, I strongly (shouting level) recommend this book to all of you, Book Addicts, YA fanatics, romance lovers and mystery junkies, and to everyone else. Because this is a must read book. And an incredible more
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