by Meg Rosoff
With the exception of her picture books, I've read all Meg Rosoff's books, and the experience is always beyond enjoyable. The woman can write; there's no two ways about it. Each novel is filled with what I call "literary gems." You know, those insights that are so perfectly captured, the sentences echo in your mind after you've closed the book.
In Picture Me Gone, 12 y.o. Mila and her father, Gil, travel from London to upstate NY to find her father's oldest friend, Matthew, who has gone missing. Now, Mila is no ordinary girl. She can "read" people. She senses what others, including a baby and a dog, are thinking or feeling and can suss out a situation like nobody's business. One review described her as a mentalist, and that's as good a description as any.
The characters are quirky, but still very real. The various relationships between them are complicated and interesting. The author is a master at revealing just the right amount of information at just the right time. The banter is pitch perfect between Mila and Catlin, her friend with a messy home life.
The one stumbling block I had is this: Our uncannily perceptive Mila gets tricked. Someone close to her keeps a huge secret from her, and she doesn't suspect it for many, many pages. I don't know that this is an inconsistency. I can just say that it struck me.
Picture Me Gone is beautifully written. On several occasions, it kept me on the treadmill for well past 30 minutes. And this is no mean feat! Highly recommended.
Dear FCC: Bought this book. Listened to it in my car. On the elliptical. On the treadmill. That's all I have to report. Goodbye.
And now....onto the rest of our reviews. Please click through. You won't want to miss a single one!
MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT FICTION BOOK REVIEWS
Ellen Booraem: BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson (MG, in verse)
Alyssa Goodnight: VANGO by Timothy de Frombelle (YA)
Beth Bonini of TRAC: BUFFALO SOLDIER by Tanya Landman (YA, historical)
Lucy Sartain of Ranting and Raving: IN THE BLOOD by Sara Hantz (YA)
Sarah Laurence: I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (YA contemporary, Printz Winner)
Stacy Nyikos: LIKE WATER ON STONE by Dana Walrath (YA)
Stacy of the Cat's Meow: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (YA)
GRAPHIC BOOK REVIEWS
Rob Costello: LOCKE & KEY by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
ADULT FICTION BOOK REVIEWS
Linda McLaughlin: ROMANCING THE DUKE by Tessa Dare (romance)
Prairie Rose: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doer (historical)
Ray Potthoff: ONE GOOD DOG by Susan Wilson
Scott Parker: STAR TREK LOG ONE by Alan Dean Foster (SF)
Alyssa Goodnight: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING by Marie Kondo
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