Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Reading: Book 12

I know, my reading ability has slowed because it's back to school time. I hope to keep up with my reading, but I probably won't be able to read a book in five days like I did all summer.

I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I forgot to post my review. OOPS. Technically, this book is a Young Adult Fiction book, but I probably wouldn't let anyone under 18 read it-- it's racy. It was also not a funny, happy, easy, breezy beach read-- BUT-- it was good. The writing wasn't really my style (very weird- almost like reading code), but the overall story was super interesting.




The intensity of emotion and vivid language here are more reminiscent of Anderson's Speak (Farrar, 1999) than any of her other works. Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school, and each developed her own style of eating disorder that leads to disaster. Now 18, they are no longer friends. Despite their estrangement, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night of her death, and Lia never answers. As events play out, Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance unravel in an almost poetic stream of consciousness in this startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative. The text is rich with words still legible but crossed out, the judicious use of italics, and tiny font-size refrains reflecting her distorted internal logic. All of the usual answers of specialized treatment centers, therapy, and monitoring of weight and food fail to prevail while Lia's cleverness holds sway. What happens to her in the end is much less the point than traveling with her on her agonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library

Have you read this one?

5 comments:

Sonya said...

I might have to check that one out! Anderson does tend to write some gritty stuff, but they are so good!

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