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.
©2013 Meg Rosoff (P)2013 Recorded Books
I liked the main character. She is different from the protagonists in many YA books these days. I liked her insight and keen powers of observation. I liked that the story was about her and her relationship with her parents and the other people in her life. I liked that this was not another YA story about a young teenage girl finding her forever soulmate.
Mila was my favorite character, for the reasons stated above.
The narrator was the only part I didn't like about this audible! Her English accent was so obviously fake. If your main narrator is from London, for pete's sake, please have an English actress narrating the story. The narrator's fake accent was very distracting.
I found many moments moving, as Mila grew a little during the story and became more aware of how complex the world is.
This is the kind of story I enjoy. Not necessarily a ton of action, but a lot of internal growth and searching.
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