Picture Me Gone
Doubleday Canada, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
eg Rosoff is well known for such excellent and unusual YA novels as
How I Live Now
What I Was
The Bride's Farewell
. Now she has written a mysterious and lyrical account of a highly empathetic teen's exposure to adult tragedy,
Picture Me Gone
ila and her absent-minded father Gil have been preparing to travel together to visit his oldest friend Matthew in New York - they haven't seen each other in eight years. Mila's mother Marieka has to work in Holland for the week. Now Matthew 's wife Suzanne calls to say that Matthew has disappeared but she still wants them to come. Mila is good at puzzles and worries at this one as events unfold.
ila knows that Matthew (the more reckless one of the duo) once saved her dad's life, after getting Gil into the situation that endangered it. They have always been
. But why would Matthew leave his wife and their baby? The plot thickens when they arrive at Suzanne and Matthew's home. Why does Suzanne clearly dislike Matthew's moping dog Honey? Why is she so callous about her husband's absence? And is she involved with someone else?
s Mila and Gil travel to an isolated cabin that Matthew owns, to see if he might be there, Mila muses about her relationship with her best friend Catlin, whose parents are divorcing and who has been acting out. Mila learns that Matthew's disappearance relates to his son Owen's death in a car accident years before. And, at the cabin, there are more revelations about Matthew's life, as well as a new friendship for Mila.
icture Me Gone
is an engrossing story and Mila a delightful character whose take on the world around her is uniquely engaging. She learns some hard truths in her travels with her dad as they search for his friend '
but keep finding other things.
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