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Top Customer Reviews
Veronica Campbell, known as Ronnie to the few friends she has, finds her life crashing around her after her popular older sister, Katherine, commits suicide. Ronnie's mother is a mess, her father who had left them a year before has a new girlfriend, and Ronnie has trouble dealing with the kids in school. Not that she wants to deal with them. She doesn't want anything but to get her sister back, or at least to understand why Katherine would kill herself.
That might sound depressing, but through all the pain and anger, Ronnie shows signs of the strength and intelligence that will help her survive. She finds a cool guy at the record store, and though all the girls drool over him, there are signs that perhaps he has noticed her, past the combat boots and spiked hair and leave-me-alone attitude.
This is a book for older teens and young adults. There's some drinking, some drug references and sexual activity that would not be right for younger teens. For those old enough and mature enough to handle it, the story is compelling and important, dealing with both the loss of loved ones and the loss of innocence. It is also a story of hope, although not a campy, easy hope. My only complaint might be that the story wound up quickly, but that is only a complaint because I wanted to know more about Ronnie, more about Griffin, more about how they all turn out.
Mostly, it is a book you should read. This is Leanne Beattie's first novel, but she has a deft and knowing touch when it comes to teenagers. I certainly hope to see more from Ms. Beattie, which is where you come in. Cage of Bone is $2.99, and worth much more. Buy her book. Share it with your friends. They'll thank you.
The main reason I buy a book, as shallow as it may be, is the cover. With so many books out there, they have to be able to draw your eye. And this cover is absolutely stunning, probably one of my favorites. Now on to what's inside...
Ronnie, a teenage girl following the punk scene in the 1980s, is dealing with the aftereffects of her seemingly-perfect sister's suicide. Having to babysit her alcoholic mother and deal with pressures at school cause Ronnie to start unravelling. She meets Griffin, a handsome boy in a bad band who likes her, but it isn't enough to stop her spiral into anger and depression.
With only a strip of photographs of a mysterious boy taken from Katherine's room, Ronnie tries to figure out why Katherine did what she did, while at the same time being haunted by her sister's presence.
The author really captures a teenager's voice, and gets inside the head and the emotions of a girl going through a terrible, personal loss. She also creates wonderful, solid descriptives in nearly ever scene, so it really paints a picture for the reader. I loved Ronnie's personality, she was tough because she had to be, stood up for herself, and was also funny, my most important personal criteria in a character. The dialogue is spot-on and very realistic.
My only minor issues are that in some parts, the story feels a bit rushed, like certain scenes are too summarized, and there were a few disconcerting time jumps from one scene to another. But again, those were minor.
"Cage of Bone" is definitely a more mature young adult novel that I would recommend for teens and adults 14+, due to sexual content and alcohol use, as well as dark themes.
Overall, a great grasp of literary picture-painting and characterization, as well as solid, realistic dialogue. Looking forward to more from this author, she is a very talented wordsmith!