Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lost For Words by Alice Kuipers review

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0061429228

ISBN-13: 978-0061429224

Received From: Around the World Tours

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                4 Butterflies
Product Description:

My New Year's resolution: I'm moving on from everything that's happened. I'm not going to talk about it, think about it, let the memory pounce upon me like a waiting tiger, nothing.

All Sophie wants to do is forget. But it's not easy now that everything's changed. The house feels too big, school drags on for too long, lights are too bright, the room spins, and her hands get sweaty for no reason. And she can't remember why she was ever best friends with Abigail, who is obsessed with parties and boys. Only the new girl, Rosa-Leigh, with her prose poems and utter confidence, might understand. But talking to her seems impossible.

Lost in memories of the life she once had, Sophie retreats into herself. But there's only so long she can keep everything bottled up inside before she explodes. Maybe by confronting the tragedy of her past she'll figure out how to fix her future.

My Thoughts:

This was a truly griping story of a young girl who is trying to deal with the unbearable grief of losing her sister.  Sophie is completely devastated, and her therapist tells her to keep a journal, which is what this book is.  Every day Sophie goes through life trying to forget the fact that her sister is dead.  Her mother walks around in a daze and barely talks to her.  It's been a year spent in a house that is completely quiet. 

Sophie's love for her sister was completely touching.  I felt for her through every page, any little thing that reminded her of her sister brought a fresh wave of pain that was heart breaking.  Sophie's best friend is pulling away from her and hanging out with other girls because she just doesn't know how to reach Sophie.  Around this time a new girl, Rosa-Leigh, shows up and her and Sophie become fast friends.  Rosa-Leigh was probably my favorite character in this story.  She's from a huge family, and she's completely sympathetic to Sophie's pain, but she's also very blunt in telling her when she's acting like a snot to other people!

My main complaint with this book is that the author didn't tell us what actually happened to Sophie's sister until almost the very end of the book.  I think it was supposed to be a big dramatic reveal after all the little hints brought up throughout the book, but to me it just ended up being very frustrating.

Overall, I was touched and invested in the story from beginning to end, and I definitely recommend it to all of you YA book lovers that enjoy an emotional tale!
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  1. Great review! I don't know that I've heard of this one.

  2. I need to read this :) Great review!


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