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The Cellar Paperback – March 1, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—This ripped-from-the-headlines novel reads like an after-school special. In an opening scene, 18-year-old Summer's boyfriend offers warnings about not walking home alone at night, a heavy-handed setup for the protagonist getting snatched off the street a few pages later. The teen's captor renames her Lily and keeps her in his cellar along with three other women. She quickly finds herself trapped in a world of nightmares, subjected to rape, and forced to witness brutal murders. Cluttered by flashbacks and multiple viewpoints, the narrative seems slightly removed from its horrific subject matter. Stronger works with similar focus include Emma Donoghue's Room (Little, Brown, 2010) and Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl (S. & S., 2008).—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
About the Author
Natasha Preston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar. A UK native, she discovered her love of writing when she shared a story onlineand hasn't looked back. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.
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The Cellar by Natasha Preston
This was a creepy good read. Summer is kidnapped by a man who calls himself "Clover". He renames Summer as Lily to go with his other "flowers": Rose, Poppy and Violet--three more girls he has kidnapped and keeps in his cellar. His goal is to keep his "family" together forever. Sometimes, he brings girls off the streets into the cellar to kill them to rid the world of some evil. Summer's family and boyfriend continue to look for her in the hopes of finding her alive. Will they do so in time? A sequel to this book, which I already ordered, is coming out next year. High school and adult readers alike will enjoy this gripping thriller.
This book tells a story about a girl named Summer, who is kidnapped by a man who calls himself Clover, where she is to live in his basement and play family with three other girls. This shows her various mental states and coping of her time in the cellar with these three other girls. Summer's new name is Lily, the other three names (reason I don't say girls will be understood once you read it) are Rose, Violet, and Poppy. Summer is different from the three others is she is not a homeless runaway and she is the youngest. Through the interchanging points of views the story weaves together the backstory of Clover, what is happening in the cellar and how Summer is doing, and through Lewis (summer's boyfriend) point of view to show what is happening whilst Summer (Lily) is in the cellar. Once you read this, receiving flowers will never be the same.