October 1, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
Printz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff’s latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.
Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.
Thanks to ARCycling for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff will be released October 3rd, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile.
First of all: I cannot possibly talk about the rest of the book before I talk about the fabulous cover. I love all the details in it and how they go so well with the book. I love how it looks like you’re looking out of a car windshield, with the white frost curves on two opposite corners and the outline of the windshield wiper, and how it really fits with the road trip aspect of Picture Me Gone. I also love the neon sign with the bright, right-off-the-cover colors that are reminiscent of the hotel and diner signs that Mila and her father stop at along their journey. The dog on the sign–a nod towards Honey the dog who Mila travels with, and perhaps even a nod towards how Mila got her name–was cute as well. Finally, the falling snow just makes everything look magical to me.
Okay, I think I’ve gotten all my gushing about the cover out. Moving on:
I really liked Mila’s character and thought she was a wonderful break from your stereotypical lead. Mila was named after a dog (not that she minds) and also has dog-like (or detective) senses. Mila can sense things and figure problems out, making deductions and spitting out what she knows to be facts. What shoes did her mother wear when she went out this morning? They must’ve been flats because she was going someplace with stairs. Is this cabin abandoned? No, because the flower beds are too tidy. She was almost like the younger, nicer, female version of Sherlock Holmes.
I love road trip books and I think the road trip was a really great aspect. I also enjoyed reading about the culture differences between London and New York.
Cynical Cindy Says
The author made a choice not to use quotation marks for the dialogue in this story (perhaps to put us deeper inside Mila’s head in a teeny little bit of stream-of-consciousness style). While I respect her decision and that it may work for other readers, it didn’t work for me. While I really did enjoy the aspects of the book that I mentioned in this review, Picture me Gone really wasn’t my type of book.
All in all, I’d recommend this book to readers looking for a a new writing style or a darker “family problems” mystery.