Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Picture Me Gone - Meg Rosoff

Published: September 5th 2014, Puffin
Pages: 208 pages, hardback
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Acquired: Purchased myself

Summary (from Goodreads)Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.

My review: First off, can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is? It looks even more lovely in real life and the story inside is just as vibrant and rich as the cover art.

From the outset we discover that our protagonist, Mila, is extremely perceptive of people and situations. She sees things other people don't and can spend five minutes in a room and glean things that nobody else does. This talent comes in particularly handy when her father's best friend goes missing and her and her dad go on a road trip to try and find out what happened to him.

Mila knows something isn't right from the moment they meet the missing man's wife and from that point onwards things feel more and more 'off'. She isn't sure what but something strange has happened but it becomes clear that only somebody with Mila's mind could piece the mystery together. However, the mystery of the missing man isn't the only plot in the book, as other threads are delicately woven through the story to make Picture Me Gone a full-bodied, living, breathing novel that comes to life through Rosoff's unique, memorable prose.

Picture Me Gone is definitely a subtle, understated novel. There are no car chases or explosions here, no century-long romances or bloody crime scenes, just a beautifully-written story about a young girl finding her way in the world and discovering that everybody, even those closest to you, has a secret.


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