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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Mila, 12, is something of a mentalist. She can read expressions, sense underlying emotions, and put human puzzles together. Even though her father’s lifelong friend Matthew has gone missing, Gil and Mila carry on with their plan to fly from England to Matthew’s home in upstate New York, only now, instead of a visit, the purpose of their trip is to find him. The story is presented as a mystery, and it is, but it is so much more. Rosoff, who writes each of her books differently (and often brilliantly), shapes this story as much by form and intuitions as by events. In making the choice not to use quotation marks for the dialogue, readers are immediately pushed inside Mila’s head. Every conversation is filtered through her observations; even the way she can “read” Matthew’s loyal dog, Honey, informs what she learns and understands about Matthew, including his motives and machinations. Wisely, Rosoff also provides a parallel subplot about Mila’s own best friend that anchors Mila as a recognizable 12-year-old. Without that plot point, her multinational heritage and surprising gifts might make her hopelessly “other.” As readers move deeper into the story (literally deeper as Mila and Gil find themselves in snowbound rural settings), Matthew’s situation becomes a surprising tunnel for Mila to learn more about her own father and what adults are capable of. There’s no condescension or compromise to the obvious audience either in premise or prose. It’s another choice, one that allows the book to offer its many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper

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THREE STARS for Meg Rosoff’s PICTURE ME GONE:
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“A brilliant depiction of the complexity of human relationships in a story that’s at once contemplative and suspenseful.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST:
“Rosoff, who writes each of her books differently (and often brilliantly), shapes this story as much by form and intuitions as by events . . . There’s no condescension or compromise to the obvious audience either in premise or prose. It’s another choice, one that allows the book to offer its many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“This thought-provoking coming-of-age story requires that readers be at least as mature as Mila as she confronts unpleasant truths . . . Mila’s sharp observations of the people she meets and the winter landscape add a fresh, poetic aura to her discoveries and the novel as a whole.”

More About the Author

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin's College of Art, and worked in New York City for ten years before moving to London permanently in 1989. She worked in publishing, politics, PR and advertising until 2004, when she wrote her first novel, How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Children's fiction prize (UK), Michael L Printz prize (US), the Die Zeit children's book of the year (Germany) and was shortlisted for the Orange first novel award. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the 2007 Carnegie Medal. Meg's latest book is The Bride's Farewell. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and two very hairy dogs.

Customer Reviews

This is one of her best books yet.
Lu Vickers
Rosoff's witty writing style suited Mila very well and made this a fresh contemporary story, recommendable for teenagers on the verge of adulthood.
Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews
Well drawn characters and an interesting plot.
Temteacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews on October 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mila and her father have travelled all the way from England to the USA to visit one of her father's best friends who they both haven't seen in years. However, when the friend goes missing before they even arrive the two of them set out on a roadtrip in an attempt to find him. On their journey they meet an eclectic range of individuals, from a friendly waitress in a roadside diner to a teenaged boy in a cabin in the woods - and their mission to find one missing man turns into an eye-opening adventure for Mila.

I read Meg Rosoff's arguably most famous novel 'How I Live Now' several years ago and I was really taken in by this unique story and Rosoff's style of writing. In fact, I loved the novel so much that I picked it as the book I gave out on World Book Night 2013, which was my personal attempt to get more people to read it. So I was very excited when a few weeks ago I found out that the author had just released a new young adult novel and I thought the blurb sounded really interesting too.

First off I should say that this really feels like a Rosoff novel. The sentence structure is short and to the point and while the book looks small, there's a lot of story packed within the pages. Once again there are no quotation marks which I assume to mean that none of the words that are attributed to the characters can actually be taken at face value as they're all retold by the protagonist Mila herself.

The incredibly clever Mila is a delight to read about and I particularly loved discovering the US, its people and their customs through her British eyes. She's witty, wise and her astonishing perception of the world around her made for a fascinating view on and unique approach to some very serious adult themes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamieson Villeneuve on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mila has an unusual way of seeing things.

She can read a room the way others read body language. She can look at every day ordinary objects and learn about the people that inhabit them. She can also read people in the same way, knowing that what they’re saying and what they actually mean often aren’t the same thing.

When her father’s best friend goes missing right before Mila and Gil are supposed to visit, they make the trip from London to America anyways to look for Matthew. However, the situation is jarring for Mila, everything is out of place.

His beloved dog, Honey, has been left at home. So have his wife and new child. What’s going on? No one would just walk away from all that. There is more going on than meets the eye, but no one looks at the world quite like Mila and she’s determined to find answers.

Mila is also worried about her friend Cat. Her parents are going through a divorce and they are tearing her world apart. Can Mila make sure that Cat is all right even as they go to another country?

Everyone involved in Matthew’s disappearance is hiding something. However, when the betrayal happens, it turns Mila’s world inside out and leaving her questioning everything she thinks she knows...

Every novel by Meg Rosoff is different. We’ve been treated to a post apocalyptic tale, a story about Fate, a historical novel and magical realism. Rosoff again changes track and gives us Picture Me Gone which is a combination of a mystery entwined around a coming of age story.

Rosoff’s strength lies in the characters and worlds she creates. Mila will pull you into her story from page one. It helps that there are no quotation marks around dialogue, so that it’s as if you’re reading Mila’s diary or thoughts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yara Santos on January 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Londoner, Mila, takes a trip with her father, Gil, to New York where they are supposed to meet with Gil's long time best friend, Matthew. The only problem is that Matthew has gone missing. Leaving behind a wife, a baby, and his dog without a single note or trace. So, Mila and Gil set out to find him. Their advantage is that Mila is highly perceptive of all small, unnoticed details that surround her. When she is close to putting all of the pieces together she clicks the last one into place and it completely sets her off. How could she have missed the signs of the one person she thought she could read best?

I really, really liked Mila and often times found myself forgetting she was even 12. She sounds much older. I love how aware she is and how peculiar she is about details. Makes me wish I was like that!

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The "plot" didn't really interest me that much but I found myself liking the writing style Rosoff brings so it was easier for me to like the book in its entirety. Picture Me Gone is a fun and light read and holds enough mystery to keep your attention. - Bianca
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By georgiavail on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I was eighteen, I started reading Meg Rosoff's books (How I Live Now.) Almost ten years have passed since then, and I'm SO HAPPY that her writing continues to resonate with me (this hardly ever happens, you know what I mean??)
I love Mila. She pulled me in and kept me intrigued from start to finish. She gets inside your head and articulates feelings you never quite knew how to express. That's the feeling I look for in a great novel--universal understanding through a specific and unique character.
I loaned my copy to my mom, who is under the strange impression that YA is for kids. (She's really picky and a bit of a book snob!) I was SUPER nice and forbid myself from saying 'I told you so' when she wound up devouring this book. Now she's moving on to the rest of Rosoff's work, and I can only smile to myself. Gotcha!
Anyhow, this is an excellent book for reading groups and inter-family exchanges--it presents so many discussable ideas and truths and is at the same time a total page-turner. I'm slotting it in for my book club this spring, can't wait to read it again!
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