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Look Again

By: Lisa Scottoline
















CHARACTERS --

Ellen: Ellen works for the newspaper as a reporter. She adopted her son Will when he was just a baby from the hospital. She loves her son very much and would do anything for him. She is a very determined individual and is always thinking on her toes.

Will: Will is actually Timothy Braverman. He was kidnapped as a young baby and then dropped off at the hospital after he began suffering from heart problems. He is a very loving, energetic child. There is no limit to his love.

Connie: Connie is Will's nanny and basically acts as his second mother. She has a family of her own, yet treats Will like he is one of her children too. she is extremely understanding and helps Ellen out whenever necessary.

Sarah: Sarah works with Ellen at the newspaper. They used to be very good friends until people started getting laid off due to the struggling economy. After this, Sarah stabs Ellen in the back time after time.

Marcelo: Marcelo is the editor of the newspaper that both Sarah and Ellen work for. Throughout the novel, Ellen and Marcelo develop romantic feelings for one another. He is a very caring person and wants to support Ellen as much as he can during this difficult time in her life.


PLOT --

Ellen Gleeson had the perfect life, a hot boss, an adorable little boy, and the dream job, until one day, her life changed forever. In the mail, a white card with a very familiar face caught her eye. The boy on the "Missing" postcard looked eerily identical to her adopted son Will. Ellen's life became consumed with figuring out whether or not Will is Timothy. Being the journalist she is, she investigates. She discovers secrets that were never meant to be revealed. She is continually bombarded with what she should do. Almost losing her job and even coming close to losing her life, Ellen does whatever it takes to protect her son, Will.


HISTORICAL CONTEXT --

The novel takes place in modern times. The United States is experiencing a state of economic downturn. Busisnesses and families alike are cutting back on employees and extra expenses. In a time where the newspaper world is moving towards electronics, it is very stressful to be a reporter. It is now the time for one to prove they are cut out for the paper business, because jobs are very hard to find.


SETTING --


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Look Again is set in present day, in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ellen
and her son, Will, live in a middle class home in a friendly neighborhood. Ellen also travels to Florida in order to further investigate. There she stays in a hotel and moves around from place to place following the Bravermans.


















KEY QUOTATIONS --


"She never felt so right for any job in her life, except motherhood, where the pay was even worse." - Pg. 15

"They're not innocent, like children are supposed to be." - Pg. 101

"If Will is really Timothy, what will I do?" - Pg. 124

"She didn't dare rewind the day's events to remember why she was here. She knew, but didn't want to know. She had traded in one insulation for another." - Pg. 322

"That smile was crooked because it turned down on the right. Like Will's." - Pg. 370


THEMES --


Love: A major driving force in the novel is love. The unconidtional love shown by Ellen towards WIll truly shows what love is meant to do. Even though Will is not biologically her son, she loves him no less.

Morality: Ellen is continually put in positions where she must decipher right from wrong. For example, whether or not she should investigate if Will is Timothy or not. Also taking DNA samples from the Bravermans without permission.


MOTIFS --

A recurring motif in the novel is also a major theme. The idea of morality is continually brought up by Scottoline. She places Ellen in situation after situation where she must choose to do what is either the morally right or wrong path. It makes one realize that what you think is right might not be what society thinks is right.


SYMBOLS --

White Card: The "Missing Children" card found by Ellen is a constant reminder that Will might not be truly hers. It haunts her day in and day out until she finally does something about it. It represents the constant stream of negative thoughts ripping through one's brain when triggered by an unfortunate discovery.

Kitchen Rug: The rug in the kitchen represents a turning point for Ellen. It was the rug that she was standing on when she realized that in order to save Will, she had to kill the intruder. When all was said and done, she had to get rid of the rug becasue it was a constant reminder of what she had done. Though she would have done it again if put in the same position, she still had to rid herself of the constant reminder.


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AUTHOR'S BIOGRAPHY --

Living in Pennsylvania with an array of animals, Lisa Scottoline wastes no time cranking out best selling novel
after best selling novel. She currently has over 25 million copies of her
books in circulation and has been published in 25 countries. In her spare time, she teaches
a course she developed called "Justice and Fiction" at the University of Pennsylvania.
Scottoline is a firm believer in writing about what you know; therefore she puts a lot of
herself in each and every book she writes. Though she is a best selling author, she
believes her greatest accomplishment is raising her daughter as a single mother. She
sees nothing in the future that will stop her from her passion in life--writing.



STUDY QUESTIONS --


1. What was Ellen's reaction to the white card?

2. If you were Ellen would you have handled things the same or differently? Why?

3. Is what Ellen did right or wrong?

4. What do you think Will is thinking through all of this?

5. What is more important, personal happiness or following society's norms?


BOOK REVIEWS --

"Lisa Scottoline breaks new gorund in Look Again, a thriller that's both heart stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing"
-Amazon.com

"Scottoline scores another bull's-eye...she expertly ratchets up the tension" -Publishers Weekly


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES --


http://scottoline.com/Site/






WORKS CITED --


Amazon.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.amazon.com/‌Look-Again-Lisa-Scottoline/‌dp/‌0312380720>.
animoto.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://animoto.com/‌play/‌3ab2nvLcZzNo4calqNtmkQ>.
“Lisa Scottoline.” Wikipedia . N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/‌wiki/‌Lisa_Scottoline>.
Scottoline, Lisa. “Lisa’s Story.” Scottoline.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://scottoline.com/‌Site/>.