Title: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
Author: Adele Griffin
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pub Date: August 12th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Mental Illness
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Synopsis: "From the moment she burst into the downtown art scene, seventeen-year-old Addison Stone was someone to watch. Her trademark subversive street art and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more about this brilliant wild-child who shone so bright and was gone too soon." —Adele Griffin
Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on celebrity biography, as told in first person interviews through the eyes of Addison Stone's parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, critics, and more-punctuated in full color with Addison's artwork, photographs, and emails. When it comes to Addison's untimely and mysterious death, nobody escapes unscathed.
Source: Given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Thank you Meredith for having me on the tour and for giving me a chance to read this book!
I don't think I have ever read anything like this before. This book was really good! Not my usual cup of tea but interesting and engaging nonetheless.
Story: The mystery surrounding Addison's death was very intriguing. But her story, as a person, was more interesting. I loved reading about her from the perspectives of different people who knew her. Even though they were the one telling her story, you would really feel connected to Addison. You felt her presence there and sense how she affected these people's lives and how they affected her. The story was really good and felt very real.
Writing: Incredible writing! Even though this was a novel, if I would have read it without knowing that I would have thought that Addison Stone is a real person. In fact, while reading this, I oftentimes forgot that this was fiction. The way the author wrote different perspectives was awesome! Even without reading the names you could know who was talking now. The thing I liked the best about the writing though was that you could really see the story differently through different character's eyes. While one person felt a certain way about something, the other person felt differently about the same thing and thus their accounts of that thing were different and really that's how real life is. Each of us sees things differently and that's how we remember it. That really added an element of reality to the book. Plus it was amazing how even though we get to read so little of Addison's perspective she shines through in the whole book. Her presence is always there and it is her story throughout. I especially loved the pictures and Addison's art. It made the book more personal, Addison more real.
Characters: Since this isn't your usual novel type book I don't really know what to say about the characters. Addison felt like a living breathing person, so did the other characters. They really felt like real people. Addison was one of those people who really have a presence and leave you in awe. She was also broken and I felt very sorry for her. I don't think any particular person was to blame for her death.
Overall: I found this book very unique and enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it for people who like mysteries (not the detective kind but the real-life kind) and to people who are in the mood of reading something different.
About The Author:
Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for Young Adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series. Her most recent thriller Loud Awake and Lost will be out this fall from Knopf.
Adele lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.
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