Monday, July 14, 2014

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Mila is traveling with her father to the United States to visit his childhood friend Matthew but before they get there they get word that Matthew has disappeared leaving his wife and baby son behind.  Mila and Gil make the trip anyway to see if they can be of any help in finding Matthew.  Mila has a talent for sensing emotions and seeing things others don't.  She immediately feels that something is wrong with the story of Matthew's disappearance and his wife's reaction to it.  Mila, Gil and Matthew's dog begin a search for him uncovering more secrets about Matthew as they go.  This book was not my cup of tea at all.  I believe we are supposed to be stunned by Matthew's story and impressed by Mila's maturity and ability to observe things but neither thing happened for me.  Every review I've read of this book also mentions the lovely writing style but I found it pretentious and the lack of quotation marks just made me have to reread paragraphs pretty often trying to figure out who was speaking.  And the cover made me think that the book was about Patty Hearst.